Rector Mark to deliver principal’s lecture
WORLD record-breaking adventurer and Dundee University rector Mark Beaumont BEM will give his insight into what makes a successful entrepreneur, and students, staff and graduates will vie for £26,000 in business support, at the university’s Entrepreneurship Week next month.
Mark, who completed his remarkable round the world cycle in only 79 days last year, has built a successful business around his adventures.
He will share stories from his epic challenges at the principal’s annual lecture in entrepreneurship, a public event taking place on Wednesday February 21 at 6pm.
The university, in partnership with Elevator, will also formally open the centre for entrepreneurship the same day.
Designed to promote and support creative, innovation-driven companies from across Dundee, Tayside and beyond, the centre — located at the university campus in the Heathfield building — represents a £250,000 investment by Elevator, the university and other key partners.
It aims to drive innovation within businesses and commercialise new and existing technologies across many sectors, including life sciences, digital media, gaming and other creative sectors.
Entrepreneurship Week ends on Friday February 23 with the Venture 2018 competition, where £26,000 is on offer to support new business ideas among students, staff and recent graduates.
Entrepreneurship Week runs in parallel with the city’s wider Dundee Business Week from February 19-23.
Professor Sir Pete Downes, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: “The university is a hub of knowledge, creativity and innovation, and staff, students and alumni across our community are bursting with brilliant business ideas that can be developed into successful enterprises with the right support.”
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