Whooo!! What a wonderful weekend at the annual @NACUE Student Enterprise Conference at University College London!! 😀
As the train steadily approached the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan hub for innovation – of course being London – I eagerly waited in anticipation for the train doors to open.
It may sound sad that I had this enthusiasm for such a mundane technical mechanism, but this was well justified! Soon after departing the train I was avidly throwing myself into workshops and lectures put on by the most prestigious and inspirational organisations in the world!!
Opening the Conference was Andrew Webber of @Microsoft, who gave an incredible insight into how Microsoft helps student start-ups grow and flourish. Immediately after this talk, three first-rate budding student
en trepreneurs showed off their sensational creative talent. From jewellery making to ICT consultancy, these were certainly impressive characters to behold!
In the afternoon @google held a delightful ‘digital garage’ workshop session aimed at boosting and optimising online business success – for me this has to be one of the best highlights of the conference!!
With the dust settling on Saturday I bounded back to the hotel, impatiently waiting for the next day of events.
With the arrival of Sunday, I was at once treated to a daunting new—-ish experience… talking to strangers – with a twist! @DwainReid from TenStepSup led a networking workshop where strangers were required to talk about dining with celebrity to choosing between love & money, and at a business conference this had an interesting outcome…
Later on Sunday, David Trayford of @WOW_Media gave seven principles for pitching success and with his theatrical flair, this was a captivating journey! Ending the conference on a high, @Timothy_Barnes, founder of The Rain Gods and previously Director of UCL Enterprise Operations, shared his extensive experience and invaluable advice for turning young brewers of lemonade into corporate giants with just the right amount of passion, ambition and guidance – this really did epitomise the spirit of the weekend!!
And with that I took my leave, waiting in earnest another 365 days for the 2017 Student Enterprise Conference – I can only hope it’s anywhere near as phenomenal as this year!