Thirteen universities collaborate to take students on an unforgettable entrepreneurial journey

Thirteen universities will come together on Wednesday 20 March 2019 to run the UK’s biggest Venture Crawl.

Eight buses will transport 300 students around London and Manchester on routes designed to stimulate entrepreneurial skills, thinking and action.

The students taking part study subjects as diverse as fashion, computer science, medicine and law and will be transported to leading innovation hubs for talks, workshops and behind the scenes tours, ending with a celebratory event of competitions, keynote and networking.

Successfully piloted in 2017 by King’s College London and expanded in 2018 to nine London universities, the 2019 Venture Crawl is a unique partnership between – King’s College London, UCL, London South Bank University, Brunel University London, The University of Westminster, Loughborough University London, Birkbeck University of London, University of East London, London College of Fashion, The University of Greenwich, City, University of London, Regent’s University London and The University of Manchester.

The event is designed to give students the opportunity to connect to real-world businesses, be inspired by the UK’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and gain skills in self-confidence, creative-thinking and leadership.

VIP passengers will be hopping on board the buses to share their stories and stimulate conversations, peer-to-peer learning and idea sharing.

The best way to learn about entrepreneurship and innovative thinking is to experience it first-hand; to meet the people who are creating new jobs and coming up with creative ways to meet society’s challenges. We have the world’s top innovators right on our doorstep and we want students to take full advantage of that. Partnering allows us to build on our shared networks and have diverse conversations. The universities involved all have different specialisms but we share common goals about enterprise education. We’re putting students at the heart of the action.” The Venture Crawl team

Last year, 45 students from both the Loughborough and London campuses travelled the city making stops at the likes of Stour Space, the Google CampusNatWest E-SparkHuckletree and Allia East for behind the scenes visits.

Loughborough alumni Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder and CEO of Pavegen, and Christina Akintoye, founder of Honey’s Skincare, were both part of last year’s #VentureCrawl and joined the launch to explain why they got involved.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. There are places for media on board the buses, photo & interview opportunities with high-profile speakers and great case studies from budding entrepreneurs already making waves in London and beyond.
  2. The 2019 Venture Crawl was launched at a celebratory event on 30 January at London & Partners.
  3. Contact Ben Cole or Amy Lothian for more information.
  4. Website: https://www.venturecrawl.org. Twitter #VentureCrawl

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.