Kent Business School hosts national student conference

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Kent hosted the NACUE conference in February 2019
Kent hosted the NACUE conference in February 2019

KBS’s ASPIRE hosted the National Student Enterprise Conference in February, welcoming international speakers and students from 28 universities around the UK.

More than 400 delegates enjoyed some 25 unique talks, workshops and panel discussions over the weekend which was run by the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE).

They took over the Sibson building offering students an immersion in the world of entrepreneurship and start-up business.

With a theme of Change Makers, the conference fitted very well with the School’s mission of sustainable innovation. Speakers and experts covered topics from leadership to investment, marketing to networking. They explored issues such as how to inspire ethical future leaders and the value of disruptive business models.

High-profile speakers included the founder of Wildhearts, Dr Mick Jackson, co-founder of Monzo Bank, Jonas Templestein, and Paul Forkan, co-founder ethical fashion brand, Gandy’s.

Among the experts and speakers were Kent alumni returning to share their experience including Amy McManus, MD of AM Marketing, Oliver Salisbury from Seedrs, Alex Souter of Fat Lama and Joseph Aina, founder of JM Art Space. Joseph and Oliver are both alumni of KBS’s flagship entrepreneurship programme, the Business Start-Up Journey, which is run through ASPIRE.

Students on this year’s Journey were among those who showcased their businesses over the two days gaining valuable experience, feedback, and sales. Students from the Kent Marketing Society and Enactus Kent also joined the conference, leading a workshop on leadership, communication and teamwork.

The weekend was extremely successful with praise from the organisers, speakers and delegates for the facilities on offer and the focus on entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Head of Kent Business School, Professor Martin Meyer, welcomed delegates to the conference and afterwards said it was great to see such a high-profile and well-attended event taking place at the University: ‘It is wonderful to see so many students being inspired by this conference and the speakers. The theme of Change Makers, fits very well with our mission as a School of sustainable innovation. It was a pleasure to host NACUE.’