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Ex-Dragons' Den star Doug Richard to teach entrepreneurism at SETsquared universities

Former Dragons' Den investor Dough Richard is to front a new programme from the Entrepreneurial Institution aimed at promoting enterprise among academics, students and management at two universities in the SETsquared Partnership.

The University of Exeter will run two two-hour workshops on 3 December and the University of Bristol will host two sessions on 12 December where Richard will challenge the institutions' knowledge of entrepreneurialism and how it functions within higher education.

"The UK needs entrepreneurs now more than ever," he said.

"We have to start tapping into the abundance of innovative talent that British universities and colleges have, and help them to unleash their entrepreneurial potential. There are so many brilliant people out there who can be part of Britain's entrepreneurial future, and I can't wait to meet them and get down to business."

Graham Harrison, partnership director at SETsquared, added: "These events with the Entrepreneurial Institution umbrella are just some of the ways that SETsquared is promoting enterprise within our five partner universities.

"With our student enterprise events, our support for tech start-ups and our work on commercialising academic research, SETsquared is consistently helping to boost employability of staff and students, increase their entrepreneurial skills and support the UK's economic growth."

The Entrepreneurial Institution, which is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, is a partnership between Richard's School for Startups, the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs, Enterprise Educators UK, Universities UK, VITAE and the Association of Colleges.

It aims to embed entrepreneurial values and skills in colleges and universities, as well as their surrounding communities, to help institutions overcome the challenges of posed by fewer jobs, global competition and increased pressure on public resources.

SETsquared, meanwhile, is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. It currently supports around 250 hi-tech start-ups by providing access to industry specialists, investors and experienced owner-managers. Nine out of ten businesses incubated through SETsquared are still trading after three years.

To register for a free ticket to either the Exeter or Bristol events, visit: www.entrepreneurialinstitution.org/challenge_workshops
By Andy Jowett

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