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Silicon Valley comes to Queen Mary for Entrepreneurship Week

Queen Mary’s budding student entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to meet inspiring figures from the world of science, technology and business this week, as part of Global Entrepreneurs Week 2011.

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Queen Mary’s Entrepreneurs Society placed a successful bid earlier this year to host a Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SV2UK) event on Friday 18 November 2011. Part of a national initiative, the roundtable discussion forum will be open to all students interested in technology, business and starting their own venture.

Speakers include Nzube Ufodike, who graduated from Queen Mary in 2006 with an MSci in Computer Science and is now Director of Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, and the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science’s G.Hack group, who will be discussing their work and ambitions with an aim to inspire future female scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs.

Sandeep Ahluwalia, President of Queen Mary’s Entrepreneurs Society, explained why the society got involved. “Queen Mary is uniquely placed between some very exciting locations; on one side is the ‘Silicon Roundabout’, a hot bed of entrepreneurial technology talent that is growing and garnering support from the government, universities and local community; on the other is the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, whose legacy will inspire the area well into the future.

“SV2UK is a great initiative spearheaded by leading technology experts. Given Queen Mary’s special circumstances, bringing this event to our campus will aid in our mission to inspire and support up and coming entrepreneurs.”

Queen Mary alumnus Nzube Ufodike will also be presenting a series of awards at Queen Mary’s inaugural Student Entrepreneur Fund Awards Evening on Wednesday 16 November. The ten prize winning business ideas include: a tool which enables art investors to compare auction services to help maximise their returns on the sale of art investments; a traditional Indian ice candy business; and an affordable home tuition service.

Professor Peter McOwan, Dean for Taught Programmes in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, added: “The fact that Queen Mary was chosen to host an SV2UK event is a reflection of the passion and dedication of our student entrepreneurs, as well as the university’s terrific location.

“East London is at the heart of UK entrepreneurship and as the success of fast growing small-to-medium enterprises pulls Britain from recession, Queen Mary, as a university, has the responsibility to support the next generation of leaders.”  

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