Mentoring young entrepreneurs

I do enjoy working with the young students at the University of Buckingham Business School.  They are studying for honours degrees in Business Enterprise, whilst also developing, establishing and running their own businesses.  See http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/business/bbe.

The students work hard, as not only do they have to study and run their businesses, but they have only two years to achieve their honours degrees!  No long holidays, plus coursework and exams every 6 months.

The second year students are deeply involved in running their businesses, whereas the first years are completing their business plans in preparation to “pitch” for their “seed-corn” capital on 30th May 2008.

It will be interesting to see how all the students’ businesses develop.

Author: Professor Nigel Adams

Nigel is a Professor & the first Director of the Buckingham Enterprise & Innovation Unit (http://www.beiu.co.uk) part of the Vinson Centre (http://www.vinsoncentre.com) at the University of Buckingham He also teaches, advises and mentors undergraduate students taking the innovative two year (8 term) BSc in Business Enterprise (http://bit.ly/bbe_home1) and post-graduate students taking the MSc in Entrepreneurial Consultancy in Practice (MECP) Programme (http://bit.ly/mecp_home). This masters programme develops business consultants who are able to advise business owners how to successfully grow their businesses. BBE one of only a few similar honours degree programmes in the world which offer undergraduate students the opportunity to study for a degree in Business Enterprise, whilst also starting & developing a business. These types of degree are called Venture Creation Programmes (www.vcplist.com) , Within 4 months of starting the programme students must pitch for seed-corn capital from "Buckingham Angels". Nigel also teaches Entrepreneurship to other students at the University of Buckingham and advises and mentors university students and staff and local people who want to start business or grow their businesses. Between 2002 and 2011, Nigel was Managing Director of Nigel Adams & Company Ltd, providing business, management, international marketing, recruitment and other support and advice to the management of Western companies to help them establish business operations in Central & Eastern Europe & to improve their sales. Nigel is an experienced international business adviser with more than 40 years experience in business, enterprise, management, marketing & counter-trade. He was based in Poland from 1993 until 2002, working on Polish state company restructuring projects as a British Government Know How Fund Management Adviser. Nigel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) & a Chartered Marketer.