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Business Start-Up Journey 2017/18 - The Launch

12 December 2017

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Serial tech entrepreneur, Tom Ilube, inspired students at the launch of the Business Start-Up Journey on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Tom Ilube had over 200 students enthralled by his entrepreneurial journey talk at the launch event of the Business Start-Up Journey in November. Tom, who was founding CIO at internet bank Egg, and is a director at the BBC, talked about his struggle to get his first job, pitching to investors and sharing the stage with Bill Gates.

The talk marked the start of this year's Business Start-Up Journey – a 12-week programme of learning and support to help bring student business ideas to life. Bringing in experts from the world of business, the programme takes students on a step-by-step journey to starting a business – from finding ideas to marketing them and finding investment.

Mentors from a wide range of commercial areas also support the programme. These include the founder and executive chairman of the Dune Group; Daniel Rubin, Managing Director of Kentish Crisps and Kentish Condiments; Laura Bounds, and Adam Baker from Santander Universities.

The programme, which is philanthropically funded by successful businesses and entrepreneurs, ends with a pitching competition and showcase, with £1,000 being awarded to the best business proposition.

Previous participants have gone on to launch businesses from ideas generated during the programme, including student Jaye Graham. Jaye is in the process of launching an app for her service Pawfect Match, dubbed a 'Tinder for pets', that helps make it easier to search for potential pets from rescue centres around the country.

To find out more about the Business Start-Up Journey or to register to join, go to

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