Loughborough University London welcomes visitors from Chicago for globally minded Hack

Over a week in June Loughborough University London welcomed students and staff from DePaul University in Chicago for a study exchange experience.

The trip was organised to share the practical entrepreneurship activities undertaken by students as part of their learning in London.

A key part of the exchange was a hack to look at a business challenge from a local start-up company After:Work.  Students from Loughborough University London and DePaul University teamed up to look at how After:Work could grow its social media following and turn likes into sales.  The winning team were able to create a new brand identity, a short video and some insight into developing followers for the company. For their efforts the winning team all took home one of After:Works’s products.

The trip also saw the students visit several parts of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in east London.  They visited The Trampery on the Gantry, Plexal and 90 Mainyard as well as observing a speed interviewing session as part of the FFWD pre-accelerator.

Ben Cole, Stakeholder Development Manager for Loughborough University London, said: “We have built a truly world class student experience here in London.  It is brilliant to share a small part of this with visitors from across the globe. #LondonisOpen and we are very proud to share it.”

Chicago and London are sister cities after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and former Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel signed an agreement to collaborate in 2017.  It is hoped the trip will foster further collaborations between DePaul and Loughborough.

If you are interested in developing links with Loughborough University London we are currently taking bookings for 2020’s summer programme.  Please contact Dan Robinson to register your interest.