The inaugural award for Enterprise Mentor of the Year 2012 was made at the annual City University London Student Impact Awards on 4 April.
City’s Student Impact Awards celebrate the success of student involvement in widening participation, volunteering and professional mentoring – and this year, for the first time, Enterprise Mentors were included in the celebration. The Enterprise Mentors are established entrepreneurs with experience in venture creation and development. The Enterprise Office recruited them to support student enterprise teams taking part in the CitySpark programme.
Piloted in autumn 2011, in cooperation with the Student Development and Outreach team, the Enterprise Mentoring Scheme provided six teams taking part in CitySpark Big Ideas Competition 2011 with the support and guidance of an experienced Enterprise Mentor. The success of the pilot was clear as three of the mentored teams won prizes for their big ideas.
The Enterprise Mentors award went to Janice Andersen, entrepreneur and specialist in natural health and well-being. Janice’s team nominated her for the extraordinary effort she put in as an Enterprise Mentor, stating that “Janice was instrumental in bringing about our success as the team placed 2nd in the CitySpark Big Ideas Competition. Her advice, research and commitment was great for our team.”
Enterprise Mentoring is becoming an important part of the CitySpark student innovation and enterprise programme as it provides the students with expert advice and inspires them by giving them insight into to the world of a professional entrepreneur.
For more information on the CitySpark student innovation and enterprise programme, please contact Tim Meldrum on firstname.lastname@example.org or Lotta Olsson on email@example.com or check CitySpark website.