This past week, 17th-23rd December, has been Global Entrepreneurship Week. The theme of this year's week was 'Get Connected', a focus on how networking and meeting people is key to business success. For students, it can be great to meet and get inspired by local entrepreneurs like our students can at our Mingle events (by the way the next one is on the 2nd December). But another great way students can develop their ideas is to network with each other. And that's where LaunchPad comes in.
LaunchPad is a student society that brings together any student who has an interest in entrepreneurship, whether they want to start their own business or social enterprise or simply want to develop their skills.
But LaunchPad isn't just about networking. Like all entrepreneurs, the society is for proactive people who want to make things happen. The kind of things LaunchPad will be doing include organising its own events, fundraising for charity and being the student voice of entrepreneurship here at Cardiff Met.
LaunchPad got underway last Wednesday night at our launch event at Tiger Tiger. At the event, we named a new Chair (Adeline Nshuti), Secretary (Yashas Raghu Kumar) and Treasurer (Shrenik Mundala) to the society. Congratulations to all three of them and I look forward to working with them as we take LaunchPad forward into 2015.
There are lots of ways to get involved. You could help organise the events or fundraise or help us with marketing and promotion. Also if you like your media, then we'd love you to write some articles or create a podcast all about entrepreneurship for LaunchPad. I have a background in radio so I can definitely help you in that department! You can get guidance and support for whatever you want to do with the society so you can get involved in something even if you're not that experienced in that area.
So if you're a student and you'd like to join, it's really simple! You just have to follow these easy steps:
- Go to http://cardiffmetsu.co.uk and click "login". Login with the same details you use for your student account.
- Go to http://cardiffmetsu.co.uk/organisation/launchpad and click on "Add Society Membership to Basket"
- Click on "Added to Basket"
- On the next page, proceed to checkout
- Agree to the terms and conditions and click "Continue"
Follow those steps and you'll be signed up for LaunchPad! As a member we will send you out regular updates on what's going on at the society.
You can also attend our first meeting which is this Wednesday 26th November at 2pm in o2.08 in the School of Management, Llandaff Campus.
LaunchPad can help you in so many ways. Getting involved will be a great thing to put on your CV, you'll get to learn new skills and you'll meet lots of new and interesting people.
If you have any more questions about LaunchPad feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find LaunchPad on Facebook and Twitter.
Blog post from Richard Queree, Graduate Entrepreneurship Coordinator