Rec­tor Mark to de­liver prin­ci­pal’s lec­ture

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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.”

Ar­ran Fen­der, left, is on trial for the mur­der of Gary McMil­lan.

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