ACTION 2011: Sustainability

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ACTION 2011: Sustainability

An opportunity for postgraduate researchers and research staff at Newcastle University to explore a sustainability challenge, show how your research can make a difference and compete for a prize of £10,000

ACTION 2011: Sustainability enables you to get away from your desk, collaborate and think like an entrepreneur in order to develop a commercial approach to your research.

 What can participants expect?

ACTION 2011 is a 10 month programme in which participants work in teams, within a framework of support made up of existing and new enterprise training opportunities, to identify a sustainability challenge and develop an interdisciplinary, commercial solution to the challenge by integrating their research and initiating internal and external collaborations. Teams will work to develop a visual prototype, video, model or other form for their solution and will present this to compete with each other to win a cash prize. This prize will be used to further develop their ideas and to aid their development as entrepreneurial researchers so increasing the impact of their research.

 Launch event: Thursday 17th February 2011, 12-2pm

Lindisfarne Room, King’s Road Centre, Newcastle University

 To register please complete the booking form by Thursday 10th February 2011

Lunch will be provided at the launch

All interested parties are welcome to attend the launch; however you must meet the entry requirements to participate in the programme, these will be explained at the launch

 This project supports Newcastle University’s 2011 societal challenge theme of Sustainability

This project benefits from EPSRC funding for training in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship


ACTION 2011 Team

 Dr Gail de Blaquiere – Postgraduate Skills Development

Dr Elizabeth Scanlon – Research Staff Training and Development

Miss Katie Wray – Lecturer in Enterprise

Telephone: 0191 222 5901.

Fax: 0191  222 8533

Email: ACTION2011@ncl.ac.uk


Rise and shine

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To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (15th-19th November) and the launch of Rise Up here at Newcastle University, we’re giving you the chance to win one of FIVE fabulous prizes for sharing your enterprising ideas with us.

Prizes include… £20 Voucher to spend in the restaurant at As You Like It, Two tickets to a show of your choice at the Theatre Royal, £100 ‘image and interview consultation’ with Positive Impressions, £20 Blackwells voucher, £25 voucher to spend at the stunning roof top restaurant Six at The Baltic.

What’s the big idea? Rise up to the challenge and tell us what you would do to change the world – a new invention maybe? A way to help the environment? Or simply a way to make yourself some cash? Your idea may be a cultural event or a new business… you decide! You just need to submit your idea in less than 250 words….

The first 400 people to enter the competition will receive a KitKat Chunky.

Closing date: 28th November 2010

Find out more about Rise Up

Have you entered the Lions’ Lair yet?

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For all you budding entrepreneurs out there – there’s only just over a week left to enter Enterprise Challenge 2010! The deadline for all submissions is 4pm on Friday 19th March. Just pitch your business idea to us or submit your business plan online and you could win a share of £7,500!

Enterprise Challenge is open to all Newcastle University undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates and gives you a unique opportunity to develop your skills and get essential advice and support from industry experts.

Business plans will be short-listed and judged by a panel made up of sponsors, university staff and external partners. There are two additional awards also up for grabs – the Best Pitch Award and the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award (Student/Graduate and Staff).

Winners will be announced at a fabulous black-tie awards ceremony on Thursday 13th May 2010 at Newcastle Civic Centre.

For more information, go to http://www.ncl.ac.uk/careers/riseup/challenge