This year’s Venture Crawl 2019 breaks all records

Last week, thirteen universities came together to run the UK’s biggest Venture Crawl.

Eight buses transported 300 students around London on routes designed to stimulate entrepreneurial skills, creative thinking and action.

Universities that took part in the event include 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.

Ben Cole, Stakeholder Development Manager at Loughborough University London commented:  

Every year Venture Crawl really is my best day at work.  It’s the day when we turn the entrepreneurial eco-system in London into our classroom and connect the talent from London’s universities to the sector.  If you are even slightly curious about taking an entrepreneurial route it is the experience to be a part of.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc student, Thanakorn Vongphaka said:

I got involved with the Venture Crawl because I thought it would be an amazing opportunity. I knew that by attending the event I would be able to meet lots of people, and get advice from real-life entrepreneurs. 

As part of the tour, Loughborough University London students visited a collaborative workspace called Work Life  and met the co-founder of local start-up, ‘The Canvas Tribe’.

Students also visited One Tech and discussed the support that is available for underrepresented tech founders in London. One of their main goals is to double the number of female and BAME-led tech start-ups raising investment through our programmes. Students heard how One Tech is making support available for underrepresented tech founders in London and how it is working with investors to enable them to make better decisions.

Other spaces included Huckle Tree and WeWork which are coworking spaces for entrepreneurs, start-ups and growing businesses.

Hayley Jones, Student Enterprise Adviser (Loughborough Enterprise Network), said:

The Venture Crawl was such an amazing entrepreneurial opportunity. Not only did students get to experience London’s enterprising eco-system first hand, but they also got to network with other likeminded individuals from different backgrounds and Universities.

Hayley also added:

In just one day, Students got to see  some of London’s very best co-working spaces, incubators/accelerators and companies, and got to hear from investors, mentors and VIP guests. They also took part in a business pitching competition.  It really is a motivational and inspirational event for any student interested in starting or growing a business!

The Venture Crawl ended with a celebratory event at Plexal, Here East and provided an opportunity for students to network with each other and the organisations involved. Students were also invited to take part in a pitching competition  to pitch their business idea to a panel of entrepreneurs.

The pitch saw Loughborough student, Kate Walker, pitching her business ‘ExpHand’ in front of 300 students and a panel of expert judges.

Kate said: 

Being part of London Venture Crawl has really helped me to see the runway for my business. In just one day I’ve made so many notes, gained expert advice and pitched my business. It’s such an incredible experience that really pushes you forward.

On the night, Kate received the highly commended award for her pitch and continues to receive support for her business from Loughborough Enterprise Network.

Venture Crawl will return on Wednesday 11 March 2020. For more information about Venture Crawl and how to get involved in other enterprising events on campus, please follow @lborolondon or search #VentureCrawl on Twitter. To contact Loughborough Enterprise Network, please email: LEN@lboro.ac.uk.

You can also see pictures from the event over on Loughborough Enterprise Network's Facebook page

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 2019 QS World University Rankings, University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.