Backing the business brains of the future

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SHEFFIELD’S universities are playing their part in Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest campaign to promote business expertise.

Now in its fifth year, the event runs all this week and is being backed by 10 of Yorkshire’s higher education institutions to encourage and support entrepreneurship amongst the region’s student and graduate population.

The global campaign spans 115 countries and is being marked in the county by a region-wide programme of events to inspire and support the next generation of business leaders.

Tomorrow, students from Sheffield Hallam and Sheffield universites will present and develop their business ideas at a product development day before a panel of experts.

In the past 12 months the project has received applications for start-up support from more than 1,100 students and graduates, carried out over 1,000 one-to-one appointments, allocated 41 start-up grants and 49 proof of concept awards and held more than 100 events, attended by 2,302 budding entrepreneurs.

One man to benefit has been Edward Miller, who was supported by Sheffield University in setting up his business Edward Richard Miller Photography.

Earlier this year he created an interactive tour of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London, using 8,000 images.

He said: “The support available to me through this event was fundamental in the development and launch of my business.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week provides superb opportunities for other entrepreneurs to access similar help in turning their fledgling business ideas into reality.”