I have more than a decade’s experience of working with people who are starting their own businesses and advising organisations that encourage enterprise.
My work has ranged from one-to-one support and mentoring right through to the design and delivery of new tools, networks and funding initiatives. Some examples are included below.
I regularly run workshops and contribute to startup boot camps, and I also speak at events about my experience of going freelance and building a portfolio career.
“Greg’s workshop was engaging and creative. It allowed the students to approach enterprise problems in a new and innovative way”
– University careers adviser
Some examples of my enterprise work:
- Graduate networks and support – As part of my Entrepreneur-in-residence role at Southampton Solent University, I developed a support network for graduates running their own businesses. This grew into an online and offline community of Solent alumni running startups all over the UK, and it built an ongoing relationship between them and the University. (Read my reflections on this work.)
- Funding initiatives – While at Southampton Solent, I also ran a business funding programme, working with students as they refined their plans, prepared to pitch and then, crucially, crowdfunded a proportion of the money. This work helped to propel the University into the top 10 in the country for graduate startups.
- Workshops and boot camps – I regularly organise and deliver workshops and boot camps that encourage entrepreneurship. In 2015, I worked with a new education provider to help design a series of enterprise events and summer schools. These were subsequently judged ‘outstanding’ during a British Accreditation Council audit.
- Student enterprise societies – I sit on advisory boards for a number of enterprise societies, including Enactus teams running social innovation projects. I share with them the benefit of my own university enterprise experience, which included organising weekly speaker events, securing corporate sponsorship, developing a nationally recognised brand, meeting with government representatives and spreading best practice across the country.
- Schools and colleges – I am interested in how enterprise education is taught to younger generations. In 2007, I established a link between a university and a national enterprise initiative, which subsequently saw a number of undergraduate students volunteering in local schools. I later sat on the regional board for the programme.
- Intrapreneurship challenges – More recently, I have become interested in how the lessons from enterprise education can be applied within organisations, and how innovation challenges can help staff, students and even local communities work in partnership to solve problems. (I am in the early stages of one of these projects, so watch this space!)