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Talk to you in November! Annual Telephone Campaign

Alumni Notice Board, Cass Fund, City Future Fund.

As the autumn term approaches, we are looking forward to speaking to many more alumni as part of the annual Telephone Campaign. From the 3rd November, an enthusiastic team of students from City University London will be calling alumni to find out more about their time at the University and let them know about the amazing things that have been achieved thanks to donations to the City Future Fund from alumni like yourselves.

Last year, over 1700 conversations were had between students and alumni. Memories were shared, advice dispensed, and an incredible £72,000 was pledged to support the Annual Fund this year.

The Annual Fund is a way for alumni to make City an even better place for current and future students, providing unique opportunities and extra support that would not otherwise be possible. The generous donations made during the Telephone Campaign are the backbone of the support that we can offer students through the Annual Fund, such as bursaries for talented undergraduates and career development opportunities for all students at City.

Emma was one of the first recipients of the City Future Fund bursary. This year she is writing her dissertation and hoping to apply for a Master’s degree.

“I have enjoyed my time at City so much that I have decided to apply for an MA in Speech and Language Therapy to follow on from this course. I am so grateful for City Future Fund for supporting me and making the enormous leap, from working mum to student mum, a successful one. It has had a ripple effect to the rest of my family too. My daughter was set on finishing college and going straight into work. She thought university meant moving away from home, combined with a miserable workload and boring lectures. My experience has inspired her to stay on at college to gain enough UCAS points to apply for university herself.”
Emma Rhodes 3rd Year BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Science

We hope you have time to speak to a student this year and consider making a donation to support the Annual Fund. 100% of every gift you make goes towards student-based projects, helping to give more students the opportunity to thrive while at City.

Interested in supporting the Annual Fund? Please get in touch with Rachael on Rachael.Gill.1@city.ac.uk or call her on 020 7040 4236

Contributed by Rachael Gil

Business founded by Cass alumnus backed by Cass Entrepreneurship Fund

Alumni Notice Board, Cass Business School News, Cass Fund.

The Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, Cass Business School’s £10m in-house venture fund, has completed its latest investment into a promising growth business.

Humble Grape, a growing wine merchant and events business founded by Cass MBA alumni James Dawson, raised over £450,000 from the Entrepreneurship Fund and the Seedrs equity crowdfunding platform.

The funding will be used to develop a new retail space and expand the existing business, which services a variety of high-profile clients with wine events and merchant services.

Founder and Cass Alumnus James Dawson said:

“Humble Grape is an exciting and dynamic business in what is often a staid and highly conservative industry. We’re delighted to combine the institutional investment from Cass alongside the popular and public funding support delivered through Seedrs. This growth funding will help us expand our existing services to more clients, develop a new retail space, and provide a genuinely novel and inclusive environment for customers to enjoy new wines.”

Jane Reoch, Investment Director at the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, said:

“James and his team have built a great business which Cass is proud to support. Humble Grape offers high quality events and wine merchant services to a range of corporate, retail and private clients. We are excited to support the company’s next stage of growth. Humble Grape brings a novel retail experience to the market, which builds on the positive trends we’re seeing in the retail wine sector.”

To learn more about Humble Grape, visit their website.

Find out more about the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund.

Alumni donate over £72,000 to help current students

Cass Fund, City Future Fund.

City University London alumni pledged to donate £72,000 during our recent Annual Telephone Campaign last November. Donations were made to the City Future Fund and Cass Fund, which provides financial support and professional mentoring to students during their time at university.

A big thank you goes out to our alumni for the contribution you have made to help make a positive impact on the lives of students at City.

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