Published: 17 March 2014

Enterprise Champion Programme gets underway

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A programme which aims to increase the opportunities for entrepreneurship on campus has been launched for 2014.

The Enterprise Champion Programme, which has been running at the University since 2008, gives students who are interested in starting their own businesses the chance to access events designed to give them the knowledge to become self-employed.

The programme is made up of self-employment briefings and masterclasses, as well as more intensive two-day bootcamps covering business planning, sales and marketing, finance, funding issues and legal business frameworks. In addition,  students can access one-to-one coaching and support to help them register their business.

Enterprise Champion is led by entrepreneur, consultant  and business owner, Denise Chilton, who is employed by the University to run the programme. Commenting on the opportunity,  she said: “Aside from the fundamental business information, students considering self- employment will be able to access training and information on topics such as the mind-set of an entrepreneur and presentation skills. It’s a great opportunity for students with entrepreneurial aspirations to get involved in.”

The initiative is being run by the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Management School, but is open to all students at the University as long as they:

  • are resident in Greater Merseyside;
  • have nationality of a country within the EU (or with visa permissions to set up a business in the UK);
  • are interested in setting up a business in Greater Merseyside, which is not already trading.

Students interested in becoming self-employed can also enter the Enterprise Champion Start-Up Challenge.

For further details please contact Denise Chilton at or 0151 795 3723.

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