Student Enterprise Seminars (1-5 +6*)

UPDATED: Originally posted on 25/11/16


Going for the certificate in Enterprise, here I will keep a log of my visits to seminars.

1. 11/10 About Making Money for your Skills

  • Introduced myself to Juv and Luke in icebreaking session, got some new people to say ‘Hi’ to.
  • Current operation and business registration is required to have funding sources trust and respect you.
  • Met host, hard to listen to (monotone and rushed delivery).
  • Hearing successful business graduates talk about their operations.
  • Antonio career advice, Martina freelancing, Ben photography, HungryNatsu health products.
  • Learned to not stop believing in yourself, work for free as if you were getting paid and use them for networking.


2. 20/10 – Find Your Big Idea

After a pleasant entry into the building – and a depressingly overbearing day – I sat at the back of the seminar.

Collected the ‘A Connected Content’ booklet, containing information on the ‘Startup Europe’ service ( – A ‘one-stop shop’ for entrepreneurs, organisations and Ecosystem entities to gain extra communicative connectivity between ecosystems, start-ups and investors.

Felt the rumble of the tube running beneath the Clarence building. Nice to me.

The SE initiative’s purpose is to aid with:
·        Soft landing in new regions
·        Appropriate financing in Europe
·        Finding skilled workers in different regions
·        Organisational growth

Peter Harrington took stage, graduated 27 years ago and started building businesses. Has experience in many different business sectors.

What is an Idea? Can creativity be trained? What is a good idea? How to test an idea? How to turn an idea into reality?

Product longevity, along with market competition, is partly based on the ability to engage new users over time, instead of only present a phase of adoption that does not result in new users being perennially influenced into use.

Commercial reality as a term describes a business approach that is of high-result and has funds being traded with shareholders and legal implementations.

“If you’re not on the edge. You’re taking up space”. ‘Good’ ideas solve problems, either unsolved problems – or with solved problems, in ways that improve on the alternatives.

Gamestation in the 90’s used ‘edge’ principle. ‘All-In Startup’ is a good book to read.

A change of perspective may widen the scope for one’s problem identification.

‘Homeless Barber’ helps and makes progress by giving out free haircuts and making people feel good. Don’t build on ideas in isolation.

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3. 03/11 – About Market Research for start-ups


A Develop + Grow workshop with Emily + James

Group exercise – Benefits Of Market Research

Quantitative (numbers) or Qualitative (text) research are forms of primary research, opposite to secondary research which involves a process that excludes the establishing of research, instead sourcing it from pre-existing stores.


Quantitative – generalised and structured data conclusive deductions.

Qualitative, typically used for initial understanding research comprising of opinions.

Group exercise – What should you want to find out before investing into a bicycle fixing business?



Analysis must be formed to satisfy research questions.

Questioning should minimise confusion and remove as much open scope as possible, resulting in definitive answers.

Us scales (1-5) to find agreement levels relative to statements that are hard to word into another format. Questioning must encompass all concerns of the operation. Relationships between data are to be identified compiled.

Recommended against are dichotomous, biased or leading questions. BP is to include the other


4. 14/11 – Skills Swap

About turning business ideas into reality through cooperative internetworking.


The Informational economy is different to the old systems, of bartering and Industrialisation, defined by their most powerful financial element.

States that the ideas economies rise is due to the industrial economy.

‘Speed-Networking’ is where people from different demographics are face to face for a minute or so with the sole purpose of communicating something interesting about themselves. A little like speed-dating but with a focus on business partnerships.

Echo – economy of hours

Charted our current and prospective metrics for aspects of life.


Assured progress is aided by first working out requirements (what is needed) and networking to define individuals who can meet them.

The recommendation here is to share skills and swap. A scheme that, without mediation, I can see no logistical viability within. Skill requirements have to be mutual and the terms of agreement are decentralised.

We all wrote our business needs and our abilities, put them on a wall tried to correlate them. Overall a good, enjoyable, confidence-building experience.


5. 01/12 – Doing Business for Social Good

A topic that seems relevant to my current MTI business case challenge, revolving around businesses that benefit society.

We introduced ourselves someone that we didn’t know. As an ice-breaker, we spoke about the things that we attended the seminar for. Me personally, I wanted to get a few ideas and clarification on social enterprises. I asked about the public perception of charitable organisations that profit.


First lady spoke about her experiences, trying to implement a mental-health servicec with public funding. She spoke of her burnout, her solutions and the (short) 3 year timeframe that it took to become successful.

Asked if one the psychiatrists would like to be my shrink.

Second man, spoke of cola nuts conversely produced with fair-trade and sustainability as a focus. His history from charity management to commercial management involves many projects with some big-name affiliates. The sentiment is to reject detrimental-western-overlording and focus on sustainability and community development.

“As consumers, we behave differently to how we act as individuals. That is worth thinking about”

Third Person spoke of his hard-time growing up as a poor ‘black’ who was good academically but deterred from higher learning by the extortionate fees. He had an idea to address this odd paradigm of him being smart but stopping academia= Hiring university students to tutor primary school students. Profitable social-enterprise. He speaks of success in his business endeavours.

can I get a job please?

Last guy speaks of his disdain for the university examination systems. He somehow moved into maintaining communal greenspaces with public funding. This short-form way of recording seems to present a more transparent dialog.

They spoke about funding and getting their first contract. Recommended was moderate stalking, activism and networking-led assertion.

“if ask for money get advice, if ask advice get money”

acrimonious – angry talk

Security benefits through being incorporated. Organisations function subject to their government’s reigns.

How to get people to speak to you?

Shorten pitch to three key points. Networking is two-way and should be started gently.


About number 6.

I did register to attend the Celebrating Women in Technology seminar on Wed 7th December but was unable to as I was stumped with work. I stayed up late and slept in. I also missed a psychology exercise that day. I had worked to attend 5 of 6 seminars and faltered at the end, missing the final seminar of the term.

I hope there’s a reward for attending 4.

A 6th attendance for the Enterprise certificate could be made out of me going to an IBM recruitment day on my day off, which Safia arranged. 30th of November, I think.

I would have written something about it on the day but it wasn’t held by the recognisable faces of the enterprise team and wasn’t listed on the LSBU Eventbrite page.

The seminar was about placements with IBM and I do intend to make an application by the new year. I need a placement for next September 2017 and I have little faith in my ability to make it happen. Despite seeing myself as a good candidate, I wish that there was some help to bypass the 5-stage application processes…

UPDATE (22/02/17): I got a solid 6th stamp, from a seminar about communication held by the great Peter Harrington.

A few notes:

Three elements of a conversation – Listening, questioning / statement, Understanding behaviour

Clients should be speaking 80% of the conversation time

The most important question is ‘WHY?’

It is not best practice to ask ‘multi-questions’, one at a time

You are the most important person in the world

Referrals are the sign of good service

Clarity is a paramount aspect to communication – avoid jargon

Start a session by offering a partial delivery of service for free

I must be able to adapt my character better, to manipulate people into changing their behaviour

You don’t buy things from people that you don’t like

Learning through mistakes and failure. Its all about trust

Needs PASORA – Power – achievements – Safety – Order – recognition – Affiliation

Asking questions results in the listener perceiving you’re interested in them

Be want they want

Peter’s recommended meeting structure: Open Smoothly – Agenda clean – Questioning and listening (give + take) – Shoot sticky solutions – Close with doors + pathways

Ultimately, I learned a lot from doing this and hope that I can get that Enterprise certificate. I now know more about being an entrepreneur and the methods of business, interpersonal networking and communication. It has given me some ideas, especially about public funding for social enterprises. Also, my confidence, startup knowledge and team management skills benefit from this experience.


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