Business Start-up

Transitioning out of academia

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Great post from The Thesis Whisperer blog on “Transitioning out of academia“. The post itself is written by guest blogger Shari Walsh:

Shari Walsh worked as an expert PhD career counsellor when I first met her, around 5 years ago. Now she runs her own business called ‘Growth Psychology’ and specialises in helping PhD students develop a successful post-PhD career both inside and outside of academia, amongst other things. In this post Shari shares her own transition story and offers you the benefit of her expert advice – for free 🙂

It’s well worth a look if you haven’t checked it out already.


Commercialising Science workshop

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chemistProfessor Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University returns with his intensive short course about identifying the commercial value in research.

Using Life Sciences case studies and role-play you will learn to:

  • Identify the commercial value in your research
  • Understand what business people really want from partnerships with academia
  • Understand the power of your intellectual property
  • Decide when to start a company and when to license your discoveries to others
  • Figure out your role in the commercialisation process

When: Tuesday 19th May 2015, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Newcastle University Business School

Register your place on the workshop

Contact Alecia Dunn for further details.

Have you got a pioneering idea?

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rise-upHas your research led to something innovative that could be profitable? Do you have a great idea, but unsure how to turn it into a business? If you’re thinking ‘yes!’, come and visit Rise Up in the university Careers Service. We offer 1-2-1 support for students with budding ideas, in need of business guidance. Read the rest of this entry »

Approaching the end of your research and interested in establishing a new business in the UK? Concerned about visa and cultural obstacles?

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If you’re a non-EEA student or graduate about to complete your studies and interested in an entrepreneurial future, then understanding the business culture of your host country and overcoming visa restrictions are likely to be early obstacles to success. Business etiquette in one culture may be seen as unethical and unworkable in another. A recent article on business meetings in the UK is worth reading if you want to know more about the idiosyncrasies of our business culture. It reminded me how easy it is to assume that we all work in the same way. Many international entrepreneurs are currently working to develop a set of “hypernorms” or business etiquette that every culture can live, work and grow by. Perhaps, you’ve already got ideas of what you’d like to see included?

Newcastle University recognises the uniC&Vque challenges faced by its international students and graduates when building a successful business in the UK. In line with the firm commitment of the University to entrepreneurial development, a new programme of support has been developed for students about to complete their studies or research. Rise Up INTENT (International Entrepreneurs) is a pioneering programme of interactive workshops on how to start, sustain and grow a successful business in the UK including insights into ‘business basics’ of market research, financial literacy, marketing and business etiquette. Whether it’s as simple as appropriate body language or how to conduct successful negotiations, understanding the business culture of your host country and that of your customers is vital for success. Yet it can be easy to overlook and so miss the opportunity to develop a competitive advantage. The programme is a unique opportunity for future business owners to consider both the cultural and commercial implications of starting a business in the North East of England.

One of the main aims of Rise Up INTENT is to offer entrepreneurial international students and graduates the opportunity to develop a credible business plan which they can then choose to take forward to the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa endorsement panel in November 2014. The University is an endorsing institution for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa which allows non-EEA graduates to start and run a business for 12 months under the supervision of the University.

Interested to know more? Read the workshop programme for further details. Check the endorsement criteria to ensure you meet the eligibility, then apply online by 5pm on Monday 29th September. The application process is open now.

Please note that the course will also run in June 2015 for those whose current visas expire in or around October 2015.



Interested in setting up a business?

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business-idea1Our Rise Up team tell us that our researchers are a very entrepreneurial bunch, so we know that some of you out there will have a new year’s resolution to explore your entrepreneurial potential this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Where Next? Exploring impact, increasing commercial awareness and enhancing your employability

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What: interactive workshop for all PGR students considering their future goals, whatever stage of research

When: Thursday 14th February 09.30am – 16.00pm

Where: Devonshire Building G20/21

Where next? – A question which is firmly in the minds of many PGRs, given the current reduction of opportunities in HE and the challenging economic situation. Whether you are aiming to work in academia, become an employee or be self employed, this highly interactive session aims to provide you with relevant and practical knowledge and skills.

The need: Successful PGRs need to be enterprising, creative and resourceful whilst solving complex problems and addressing challenging issues in innovative ways. They also need to be equipped to take on a challenge and see it through to completion. The ability to build networks, present ideas convincingly and win support for projects and funding proposals are also vital attributes to secure success.

In a fast changing and highly competitive world, organisations need creative and enterprising people and teams, and increasingly value people with an enterprising approach and an understanding of what makes a business successful and what customers need. Research has shown that employers believe that this is an area where graduates and PGRs would benefit from more knowledge.

How this session helps: We present a real life issue, which illustrates how research at Newcastle University is making an impact in wider society, through the Societal Challenge themes of Sustainability, Ageing and Health and Social Renewal, by developing  solutions to real and pressing societal issues and making a difference to people’s lives.

During the workshop you will use creative thinking techniques to develop solutions in response to a real life challenge, work in a multi disciplinary team, gain knowledge about what makes a business successful and sustainable, develop a hypothetical venture and present your ideas convincingly to the problem owner.

What you will gain from attending:
This session aims to:

  • further develop expertise which is important to you as a researcher
  • give an insight into what is involved in creating a business to make a difference from  research and make the benefits available in society
  • offer the opportunity to network with people from other disciplines
  • enable you to reflect on your transferable skills and employability

For more information please contact Jenny Brady: To sign up (there are limited places available so act quickly!) please use your school’s electronic register sign up system.

What other PGRs think:
“This is the best session I have attended….”
“Very Informative”

Secondary Outcomes (taken from the RDF)
B1-5 Personal qualities – Self reflection

B2-4 Self management – Responsiveness to change

B3-2 Professional and career development – Continuing professional development

B3-3 Professional and Career development – Responsiveness to opportunities

B3-4 Professional and career development – Networking

In collaboration with Rise Up in the Careers Service – an innovative, award winning business start up support service for Newcastle University students and graduates.

Rise Up Entrepreneurship Programme

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The Rise Up Entrepreneurship Programme (RUEP) is a series of intensive, interactive workshops designed to help students and graduates of Newcastle University gain a realistic insight into starting a successful business.

RUEP is designed for people who are serious about developing their business idea further or for existing businesses that need some guidance to become more effective.

What are the benefits of attending?

  •  Hear from those who have experienced the thrill and actuality of starting a business from scratch – a true reality check as entrepreneurs share their learned lessons.
  • An introduction to what it takes to make a business idea launch, grow and succeed.
  • Become part of a community of like-minded people who can offer support throughout the start up experience.
  • Build a network to develop invaluable contacts within the region’s business community.
  • Devise practical strategies that can be implemented quickly to develop a business into an asset.
  • Develop skills to become an effective, proactive and valuable member of the commercial world.
  • A fast-track to The Rise Up Pitch to gain access to a panel of the region’s most influential, experienced and proactive business experts, who are there to offer guidance and advice tailored to individual needs.

Programme details

  • Who is eligible? All current students and graduates of Newcastle University.
  • Where: Bamburgh Room, Kings Road Centre
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 23 October 2012 – 22 November 2012 (except Thursday 25 October 2012).
  • Time: 5.30pm-8.00pm

The list of speakers will be announced shortly on the Rise Up Facebook page.

How to apply

Online application deadline by 4pm, Wednesday 17 October 2012.

Want to know more?

For more information about the Rise Up Entrepreneurship Programme, please contact Jenny Brady