Entrepreneurship and Experience
GLIDE - Entrepreneurs Programme
GLIDE is a European Regional Development Funded programme for those thinking of starting a business or becoming self-employed. The programme will see a range of activity supporting those who are dreaming of working for themselves and who want to prepare themselves for a career of self-employment
We are kicking off GLIDE with a five-day Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp starting 13 September. With an estimated 32%* of the creative workforce being self-employed this is a chance for our creative students to take charge of their own story.
The bootcamp will be virtual and will run over the course of five consecutive days. Topics will include business planning, pitching, pricing, customer profiling, marketing, working with data, business structures, tax, legal and finances. The bootcamp is facilitated by experienced creative entrepreneurs from our partner agency Always Possible.
Later in the year, GLIDE will also launch a series of in-depth workshops on business-related topics such as legal, tax and finances, all hosted and facilitated by Buckinghamshire New University’s Business School.
For those who go on to setup on their own, we are planning a follow-up business bootcamp for registered businesses and self-employed individuals. This is scheduled for March and will again be facilitated by our partner agency Always Possible. There will also be an opportunity to apply for £1,000 - £2,000 worth of startup funding.**
So, lots of opportunities for those who are looking to setup on their own and a perfect start to taking charge of your own story.
If you would like to attend our virtual Creative Entrepreneurs Bootcamp starting 13 September please register your interest on the Always Possible/Glide website.
** Glide has 34 grants ranging from £1,000 - £2,000 it can allocate to businesses. These are 2:1 grants (meaning for every £2 the business puts in they will get £1 back).
Access to useful business webinars
Learn more about being an entrepreneur and about making decisions through the many webinars on offer.
- Is your business idea a health, social care or medtech enterprise? Please listen to our carefully curated webinars to help your business get off the ground.
- Buckinghamshire Business First offers a wide variety of support and advice for young businesses. Please check out what they have on offer.
Bucks Student’s Union Enterprise Programme
Bucks Enterprise is a free-to-join society fully supported by your Students’ Union. Throughout the year, we’ll help the society to organise entrepreneurial activities and events that’ll be open to all students.
These events will include guest speakers and masterclasses; mentorship; alumni panels; competitions and ‘live briefs’; training and access to a wide range of personal development opportunities to help cultivate your inner entrepreneur. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Are you looking for an internship? Look no further than returning to BNU, but this time on the business side.
As part of the internship programme delivered by the Students’ Union, you’ll be joining our bright and hardworking team. We want to make the most of your talents and keep them within our community.
This year, we’re launching a series of fully-paid internships with extensive training and development opportunities to give select graduates the chance to build experience while contributing to our mission. Visit the jobs page on our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The University has its own programme for Graduate roles which can provide development opportunities, experience and training for graduating students from BNU courses. You’ll be joining a university community that is ambitious for your growth, and your career success. The opportunity will involve partnering with the University on a range of exciting projects aimed at delivering the University’s strategy – Impact 2022. Please email BucksGraduates@bucks.ac.uk to register your interest in future opportunities.
Here’s what some of our 2020 graduates who took on roles say:
Applying and getting the role at Bucks was one of the best decisions and a highlight of 2020 for me. Working at timetabling was interesting and enjoyable, it also allowed me to gain a lot of experience and useful skills. I have felt supported from the start to end, thanks to my co-workers, other interns, my mentor and many other employees of university. The workshops I were attending also allowed me to network with others and further expand my skillset. I have applied for another position of Learning Technology Support Officer, and that’s where I’m now. I’m really happy that I can continue working at Bucks and looking forward to what the future holds for me.Mateusz Gajda BA (Hons) Business Management graduate
The HR Grad role couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I had been considering a career in HR for a while but had little knowledge on where to start. Since joining Bucks, I have had the opportunity to learn and work across many different areas within HR and have been involved in several projects that has all contributed to my knowledge and skills base. The support I have received has been fantastic and has allowed me to make connections across the organisation. When my role comes to an end later this year, I feel I have been given the tools and experience I need to carry on my career.Ellen Buckland BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology graduate