University of Strathclyde pushes button on major entrepreneurship plans

The University of Strathclyde is to offer every student and staff member entrepreneurship training under new plans that also include the roll out of a £7.5 million investment fund.

University of Strathclyde principal Sir Jim McDonald who has unveiled details of the Strathclyde Inspire programme.
University of Strathclyde principal Sir Jim McDonald who has unveiled details of the Strathclyde Inspire programme.

The “Strathclyde Inspire” programme will see the development of an entrepreneurship hub in the heart of Glasgow City Innovation District and the introduction of senior enterprise fellows from business and industry to encourage and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The plans were revealed as the university launched a five-year entrepreneurship strategy to 2025 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

University principal Sir Jim McDonald said: “Strathclyde is home to many extraordinary people whose innovation and ambition makes a positive impact on the world around them, whether on the economy, society or the environment.

“Our new Strathclyde Inspire programme builds on our strong track record for entrepreneurship education, research and practice. It will enable us to grow our community of innovation leaders and further empower our staff, students and alumni, whether they want to set up or grow a business, bring new thinking to an existing one, or enhance the impact and reach of their research.

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“Our strategy represents a catalyst for positive change, bringing economic benefit and social impact to communities. By scaling up our entrepreneurial activities, we will enable inclusive and sustainable growth as we move through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond that into the recovery phase.”

A dedicated hub will become the focal point of Strathclyde Inspire on campus, in a new building being planned close to the university’s £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre.

It will also support start-ups with opportunities for funding and dedicated space where they can access advisors, meeting space and hot-desking facilities.

Eleanor Shaw, associate principal for entrepreneurship and education, added: “We recognise that entrepreneurship is about so much more than starting and growing a business. As a socially progressive university, we are committed to providing ‘entrepreneurship for all’ by challenging staff and students to grab opportunities and develop an entrepreneurial mindset, whatever their situation or ambition.

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“By supercharging our pool of experienced entrepreneurs and experts, and rapidly growing our opportunities and support for our university community, we will build on our leadership position to drive positive change.”

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