University of Derby Hosts the MEU Enterprise Showcase Event

University of Derby

The University of Derby has hosted the second Enterprise Showcase Event, a series of events designed for creatives, entrepreneurs, and business owners connected to Midlands Enterprise Universities.

Once again, delegates were given the opportunity to find out about Enterprise Support in the Midlands, in relation to the award winning Be the Boss scheme run by the University of Derby.  The programme, which was set up in October 2016, offers a combination of action planning, one-to-one support provided by experienced business advisers and a series of workshops, and has helped more than 100 people develop a business idea into a working business.

At the Event, creative businesses imparted some of their wisdom, shared their creative journey and inspired others to develop their ideas.  The event gave space to connect, collaborate and learn together.

Jo Wheldon, Head of Student Employment and Enterprise, said:

“Supporting students and graduates to develop enterprising skills and ultimately start their own business, is a key part of our offer.  I am so proud of the diverse businesses that shared their experiences at our Event and will inspire others to engage with the programme.”

Jenny Kenning, Director MEU, added: “Midlands Enterprise Universities has key strengths, expertise and resources to support and facilitate entrepreneurship and enterprise.  Nurturing and encouraging student and graduate start-ups is a core element of our provision which not only provides our graduates with the necessary skill set to establish successful and resilient new business ventures, but also makes a valuable contribution to regional economic growth.

It is great to see at the MEU Enterprise Event Showcase, the talent that is being harnessed and developed within the Midlands Enterprise Universities partnership.”

Be The Boss is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is being run at the University of Derby until March 2019.  To find out more about the Be The Boss programme call 01332 591316 or email

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