The week in entrepreneurship
University graduates are at an ideal time in their lives to start businesses. Through their exposure to a range of ideas and activities they are particularly disposed towards developing innovative business ideas and meeting potential co-founders.
Yet start-up rates among graduates remain low – at least compared to the potential. For many graduates, starting a business simply feels too risky compared to a stable job in the corporate world. Others simply have no idea where to start.
In its latest report – Putting the uni in unicorn: the role of universities in supporting high-growth graduate startups – the Centre for Entrepreneurs argues that more universities should be offering their graduates tailored incubation programmes to bridge this gap.
By incubating graduate entrepreneurs, universities could drive economic growth and innovation, boost local graduate retention, bolster student recruitment and, most importantly, help more young people fulfil their aspirations.
- British businesses enter election season on a wave of optimism (Fresh Business Thinking on Smith & Williamson’s Enterprise Index)
- (£)Entrepreneurs three times more likely to vote Tory than Labour (The Times cover Funding Circle polling of 2,300 business owners)
- Snap election delays £300m business rates relief package for small businesses (Guardian)
- UK last in self-employed pensions league as 52% do not have retirement plan (Mail on Sunday cover Aegon polling across 15 countries)
- Over half of UK small companies would close within a year if key employee died or became critically ill (Fresh Business Thinking on Legal & General’s State of the Nations’s SMEs report)
- HMRC’s Making Tax Digital plan dropped in order to allow finance bill to pass before election (Economia)
- Investment is down for businesses through EIS and SEIS schemes(Guardian)
- The real cost of entrepreneurship lies with the ones we love (Charles Wiles, chief executive, Zzish)
- Making the gig economy work for everyone (Brhmie Balaram, senior researcher, RSA introduces a new report, ‘Good gigs – a fairer future for the UK’s gig economy’)
- We need to stop sexism in startup investment (Debbie Wosskow, founder, Love Home Swap and Allbright)
- Africa’s startups are beginning to emerge from the shadows (Tom Fairburn, the Baobab Network)
- Follow this year’s Leap 100 and prepare to be inspired (Kevin Gold, managing partner, Mishcon de Reya)
- Six things new grads should know before joining a startup (Lauren Burger, founder, InternQueen)
- Telegraph: Can its new startup hub and London train link help Cambridge produce the next tech giant?
- Fast Company: How Liberia’s new generation of female entrepreneurs is revitalising the economy
- Venturebeat: As Europe’s startup scene explodes, a continent goes tech conference crazy
- Elite Business: In the loop: Mapping accelerators, incubators and startup hubs
- TechCrunch: Canada is North America’s up-and-coming startup centre