Members of QM Entrepreneurs Society with Theo Paphitis
Whatever your discipline, there's almost certainly an opening for you to harness your creative spark and spot a new business opportunity. But did you know that you could do this while still a student?
Being an entrepreneur is not just about start-up ventures, it's about thinking creatively about your skills and knowledge. If this sounds appealing then you're in the right place: Queen Mary offers expert support and a thriving entrepreneurial community to support would-be entrepreneurs with a range of inspiring lectures, events, as well as the latest news on funding available for winning start-up ideas. Not to mention generous seed funding. In the last academic year (2010-11) QM granted £15,000 to 10 student entrepreneurs.
Student Entrepreneurship Prize Fund
Queen Mary students – both undergraduate and postgraduate – are welcome to apply for seed funding for new business ideas. The QM Student Entrepreneurship Prize Fund (QM SEPF) is administered jointly by the Queen Mary Learning Institute and Queen Mary Innovation Ltd. Getting funding is not only a vote of confidence in your ideas, but can make all the difference between having an idea and getting started with a successful enterprise. To find out more about the Student Entrepreneurship Prize Fund, see the Learning Institute website.
Queen Mary Entrepreneurs (QME) Society
A dynamic student society, Queen Mary Entrepreneurs is a natural home for students inspired by the idea of capitalising on their knowledge or starting up their own venture. The society runs all sorts of useful events and keeps students in the loop with the latest news such as funding and networking opportunities.
You will also find helpful resources on the Queen Mary Mind the Gap website.