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Start-up Weekend Leeds November 2016


Startup Weekend arrived in LEEDS as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The event brought together aspiring entrepreneurs, developers and the local start-up community to Futurelabs. In just 54 hours ideas were turned into business propositions and pitched to a panel of judges on the Sunday evening.

Leeds Beckett International Relations student, Abigail Olaleye, and her team ‘Bloom’ were crowned the winners with her ‘Hair Care’ subscription service aimed at Afro Caribbean women.

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Leeds Enterprise Network

The Leeds Enterprise Network hosts quarterly speaker events which are free to attend. The Network provides an opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, network amongst successful entrepreneurs and make new business contacts over complimentary refreshments.

For details of the next event and to register your place, please go to:


Kick Start Your Freelance Career

Becky Wilson

Recent research has shown that by the year 2020 over 40 per cent of the workforce will be self-employed or freelance, and more students than ever are now considering this as a career choice straight after graduation. 

Each semester we host a day of freelance-focused workshops called ‘Kick Start Your Freelance Career’ to inspire and support the next generation of freelancers featuring key talks from influential speakers who have made a career out of freelancing. Sessions cover everything from basic bookkeeping through to networking and setting the right prices. Delegates are able to book one-to-one advice sessions with the speakers to sound out their ideas and pick up expert tips.

Becky Wilson, the Social Media Geek who is currently working with Google Garage, spoke to us about the benefits of freelancing: "After graduation I had a succession of short term jobs working for marketing agencies during one of the hardest economic spells of recent times. Once I made the decision to go freelance I felt confident that I had more control over my income, more of a say in the direction my career was taking and more importantly I now only do work I enjoy."

Can’t wait for the next event? 

The Academy offers year-round support for students and graduates who are interested in freelancing or want to start a business. We are dedicated to helping students improve their enterprise skills and provide practical support and advice, offering online resources, face-to-face workshops, networking events and access to a resident Business Advisor.

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We are keen to help you to build your contacts and increase opportunities for you to introduce yourselves to potential new clients. 

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