Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 at Westminster Kingsway College
25 November 2011
Westminster Kingsway College students and staff celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 with a series of events, competitions and lectures across the College Centres.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual international event that spans over 100 countries and encourages national conversation about entrepreneurship. It aims to connect people, share ideas and address regional issues to drive the next generation of businessowners.
At the beginning of the week over 50 students met Ambassadors from The Prince’s Trust at the Victoria Learning Resource Centre, discovering how the Trust can help young people start a business, including finance management, networking, business planning and understanding the legal and taxation system for business start ups.
At the King’s Cross Centre students attended seminars and workshops and brought the week to an end with the highly successful Enterprise Fair, which gave current and former students a chance to use their passion for business to help raise money for Children in Need. Stalls and activities included a cake stall run by LDD students, a photography booth where visitors could have their picture taken with Pudsey Bear, which was organised by BTEC Level 3 Photography students, and a Zumba class. Former students who had businesses of their own also had their stalls at the Enterprise Fair. Students represented the College at the 4 Entrepreneurs Conference at Leicester Square where they heard from speakers such as Jo Fairley, Co-Founder of Green & Blacks.
At the Victoria Centre, students were given inspiring lectures and workshops from entrepreneurs, including Sally Broom, CEO of Tripbod; Afriyie Donkor, Founder of Tamu Skincare products; Fred Binka, Co-founder of 46 Parallels and Westminster Kingsway College student, Latoya Moffat, who runs her own cheerleading academy.
Global Entrepreneurship Week was concluded with the ‘ME Competition’ prize giving ceremony. The competition encouraged students to get in touch with their creative and entrepreneurial spirit by submitting original business ideas. The overall winners were Zaid Kajee, Great Agbawe, Romero McKay and Carlos Salazar, BTEC Level 3 National Diploma for ICT Practitioners students with their web hosting company, Wii Hosting. The competition was sponsored by Europe Arab Bank.
At the Regent’s Park Centre, students from the Teaching Assistants and ESOL course held an enterprise fundraising event with many different stalls selling food and produce made by the students.The students from the two classes who organised the event came together to plan the event despite their differing levels of English and attracted people from all across the centre.
Melisa Jones, Westminster Kingsway College BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Business student, said: “I love studying Business because it is diverse and is relevant to everyone. I particularly enjoy the creative process and after my studies I would like to run a Marketing and PR firm that caters for the British food industry. Studying Business at Westminster Kingsway College is great because I feel that the focus is purely on me and making sure I can apply my education to real-life situations.”
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