In-volved: Journey through the ‘Dark Side’ with Anica

In 2019, Anica and her co-author Markus published a book that takes a dive into the messy world of Social Entrepreneurship: Social Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics: Understanding the Contribution and Normative Ambivalence of Purpose-driven Venturing takes its reader on a journey through the ‘bright side’ and ‘dark side’ of social entrepreneurship. Social Entrepreneurship has created…

Enterprise Hub In-cubation Award 2020:the Winners

We are happy to announce that, with the help of Santander Universities, 7 Student Ventures have received seed funding for their ventures! We want to extend our congratulations to Cavertech, Smart Book, Poppy Inc, LangConnect, Socrates, Enactus, and Dominiuq. They have done amazing work and we are sure to follow and support them throughout their…

IN-Volved Series: Emilio Costales

Universities and Type III Errors: Isomorphism and Systems Change My PhD research looks at how Social Entrepreneurs influence the emergence of Smart Cities. Smart Cities are pretty much the future – more and more people are moving into cities, which means they have to deal with problems like gentrification, climate change, and inequality. All of…

In-the-field-trip: London Venture Crawl 2020

On Wednesday the 11th of March, The Royal Holloway Enterprise Hub, along with London Metropolitan University Accelerator, joined more than 450 students from over 16 London universities to take part in this year’s London Venture Crawl. Students were able to visit some of London’s top innovation hubs, accelerators, and workspaces. Venture Crawl is an annual…

Meet our Alumni Entrepreneurs: Gastón and Toucan Insights

This week’s feature on our Alumni Entrepreneur Series is Mr Gastón Kaüfer Barbé. Gastón completed his MBA at Royal Holloway’s School of Business and Management, and is now the CEO of Toucan Insights, an international Marketing Research agency specialising in Latin America. Gastón has given multiple presentations to aspiring entrepreneurs and has recently been invited…

Meet the Workshop Leaders

On Tuesday the 3rd of March, the Enterprise Hub will be hosting Ms Susie Braam O’Reilly and Mr Steve West, who will be leading an Uncertainty and Risk Management workshop. The workshop is called “What’s your Biggest Marshmallow” and will teach students with a venture or venture idea how to approach innovation risk and reduce…

Introducing the Innovation Festival

For three days (Wednesday 19th of February- Friday 21st of February) we will be hosting our first ever Royal Holloway Innovation Festival, where you embark on an entrepreneurial journey. No matter if you want to start a business, a social enterprise, a community group or a non-profit. This event is for you. and It’s FREE….

Enterprise Hub becomes member of European StartUp Association Network

We’re happy to announce that the Royal Holloway Enterprise Hub has become a member of the European StartUp Association. We are now part of a network alongside multiple stakeholders of the European start-up ecosystem including; companies, start-ups, investors, public agencies, cities, universities, co-working spaces, and more. They host multiple events (with the Enterprise Hub team…

Beyond the Frame: Using Art to Teach Critical Thinking

“Finished, [the picture] changes further, according to the condition of him who looks at it. A picture lives its life like a living creature, undergoing the changes that daily life imposes upon us. That is natural, since a picture lives only through him who looks at it” – Pablo Picasso On the 11th of November,…

Meet our Alumni Entrepreneurs: Elio and Cafe Barbera

This week’s feature on our Alumni Entrepreneur Series is Mr Elio Barbera. Elio is the CFO of the Cafe Barbera franchise and we’ve reached out to him to hear about his journey into entrepreneurship.  Elio completed his degree at Royal Holloway in Management and International Business, but his engagement with Entrepreneurship began well before university….

Social Entrepreneurship IN-the-field-trip

To celebrate #globalentrepreneurshipweek 2019, we took 28 students on a social entrepreneurship tour of East London. First stop: Dialogue in the Dark London. This amazing social venture is a social franchise of the global social enterprise brand Dialogue Social Enterprises. We had the chance to experience their exhibition in complete darkness, guided by blind and…

Pioneering publisher Margaret Busby comes to Royal Holloway

On Thursday November 14th, Margaret Busby came to Royal Holloway, University of London for a Q&A and reading of her newly released anthology New Daughters of Africa (2019).  Due to receive an honorary doctorate in 2020 from Royal Holloway’s Department of English, Margaret Busby is an alumna of Royal Holloway and was Britain’s youngest and…

Our own Anica Zeyen @ European Start-up Festival 2019

This year’s European Start-up Festival took place on 20th and 21st September in the beautiful town of Malmö (Sweden). Our Enterprise Hub Team was there as well: Anica, Emilio and Lassie. Friday morning, after an amazingly entertaining start to the day, Anica was part of the panel on “sustainability and entrepreneurship” and joined in the…

E-ship: the uncertainty board game – test-run with game creators

We were very excited to welcome Dr. Rajiv V. Basaiawmoitto and Dr. Taru Deva, the creators of the E-ship: Uncertainty board game, Royal Holloway to test-run his entrepreneurship-theme board game. Together with 6 volunteer PhD student, we tried out the game while enjoying the food at the Pack Horse. The feedback was very positive and…

Our social venture in Kenya

written by Roberto Di Bella and Margherita Alinovi, 4th September 2019 In December of 2017 during our first trip to Kenya, we went to visit Jukumu Letu, an organization that offers affordable education to children living in the slums of Nairobi. The uniqueness of the project, absent within the majority of school or similar projects…

Collaborative Entrepreneurship

This past March, Royal Holloway Management Students were given the opportunity to visit Mines-Télecom Business School (IMTBS) to observe how students of management and students of engineering work collaboratively to come up with entrepreneurship ideas. This gave RHUL students the opportunity to observe how IMTBS students overcome obstacles and pursue funding opportunities and recognition to…

Winners of this year’s Entrepreneurship Award

Meet the winners of this year’s Royal Holloway Entrepreneurship Award. All four teams have received seed-funding to continue their amazing work. EazyRent and ReWine will represent Royal Holloway in the National Santander Entrepreneurship Competition. So wish them good luck for this amazing opportunity. Assempa: In partnership with Olive International Konsult, FareShare and Enactus University of…

What happened since Cohabit was runner-up at the Entrepreneurship Award?

  Last year I was fortunate enough to be placed as runner up in the 2018 Royal Holloway University Entrepreneurship award. With the award came £500 worth of seed money and mentoring from an industry professional, Jamila Yu; in order to start my business venture, Cohabit. My initial idea was a website that could connect…

Eghome @European Start-UP Festival

As a part of winning Royal Holloway’s first Entrepreneurship Competition, I received access to mentorship, funding and support from the University and Anica. However, the best (and undoubtedly, most rewarding) part of the competition was being sponsored to attend the first European Start Up Festival in Turin, Italy. To have been surrounded by likeminded, driven…

EcoResist project trip to Ghana by RHUL Enactus

Learning from failure is essential for success of any kind. With our previous Enactus project (of the same name) failing, we were keen to learn from our mistakes when starting a new project. Having identified a lack of research and understanding as a key reason the previous lemongrass-related project had failed, we realised a better…

App Society at SelfSell ICO Roadshow in London

re-posted from the website of the App Society . Members of the App Society are expanding their network and reaching out to opportunities and companies outside of the University bubble. Not only does this provide invaluable connections to members for after graduation, but it also allows students to understand the bigger picture in building a…

Students started crowdfunding campaign for their new app UNICoin

Here is their call  for support: Have you heard the latest news? Are you interested in new opportunities, curious about tech & innovation?�📚�The UNIcoin team has shared their idea on Indiegogo! We hope you can support our campaign and bring UNIcoin to your community! 📱Find your favourite perks including the phone handles and our bumblebee…

Event: Top Tips from an Entrepreneur

Starting Up: Top Tips from an Entrepreneur   On 6 December, Founder and Managing Director of Singing Grass communications consultancy, Alicia Liu, came to campus to talk to final year students about building up a freelance portfolio and starting your own company.  The event was funded by Santander. Singing Grass specialises in PR and digital marketing for European, Middle…

Field Trip to the Emerge Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

A handful of Royal Holloway Management students were presented with the opportunity to attend the Emerge Conference in November 2017 courtesy of the School of Management. Emerge is an annual conference which brings like-minded people together to discuss creative solutions to achieve a sustainable future. Hosted by The Skoll Centre at the University of Oxford…

Enactus UK’s Training Weekend in Grantham is one of the highlights of the year and this year’s event saw over 400 Enactus students from across the UK come together to hone their social entrepreneurship skills. With a total of 63 workshops to choose from, there was something on offer for everyone. From Networking opportunities with…

Bitcoin Seminar by the App society

The App Society at Royal Holloway held a successful event on Bitcoin on 25 October 2017. The session was funded by the School of Management and was a great success! Kofi and Marco from the App Society wrote this blog post about the event. Every event we plan, we want to make sure to provide…

European Innovation Academy – my experience

This post was written by Andrea Totaro: 2nd Year Student in Management with Entrepreneurship 3 weeks of intense work, passion, networking, empowerment. Those are just few words I can use to summarise my experience at the European Innovation Academy 2017 which took place in Turin from the 9th to the 28th July. This experience taught…

Taking the Classroom to the Real World

Did you know the School of Management Royal Holloway University of London was one of the first business schools to have a Professor of Entrepreneurship?  Sir Alec Reed founder of the Reed Group (e.g. The Reed Employment website) was the visiting professor.   We are keeping the spirit of entrepreneurship alive and with our societies…

Network Marketing with Arbonne

What do companies as disparate as Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Tuppaware all have in common.  They are all based on the business model of Network Marketing i.e. part-time, flexible businesses in which a distributor network (e.g. friends, family and other personal contacts)  is needed to build the business. Don’t miss out on the opportunity…

New Year , New You

Is setting up a business part of your New Year’s resolution?   Concerned about how you will keep up the momentum to achieve your goal?  Enactus @EnactusRHUL have organised a *free* event just for you.   Come and hear motivational speaker Stefan Wissenbach speak. Stefan, a successful serial entrepreneur and author as well helps entrepreneurs transform…

The Greatest Royal Holloway Startup Event

Are you a startup and at the point where you need to ‘Pitch and Pledge’ for investment?  Want to learn the do’s and don’ts to hone your skills? Have an interest in business and entrepreneurship and want to find out more? Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs invite you to *The Greatest Royal Holloway Startup Event* in which you…

Work, Life & Business in the Digital Age

Are you a social entrepreneur who is always digitally switched on?  Do you feel that digital technologies have blurred the lines between work and play? Join our Professor Gillian Symon and colleagues at the *Work, Life, Social Enterprise: Where’s the Boundary?* event on 25th January 2017.   You will have the opportunity to meet other…

Leading and Innovating in Challenging Times

It was the *Entrepreneurship Lecture* of the year @RHULManagement on Tuesday 29 November 2016  and the topic of debate *Leading and Innovating in Challenging Times* was a great success. The high profile panel of business leaders: Dr Ravi Mehrotra CBE, Founder and Chairman of global shipping empire Foresight Ltd; Sir Alec Reed CBE, Founder of…

Living a Life Less Ordinary

Naomi Jane, FRSA , Founder and Director of A Life Less Ordinary Wanted is a Confidence and Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Tedx Speaker.  Naomi, an alumna @RHULManagement hosted our MSc Entrepreneurship students and Dr Endrit Kromidha, Programme Director and Anne Lang, Programme Administrator at her shared office space Impact Hub Brixton. As Naomi wrote about…

Have You Got an APPetite to Tackle Food Waste?

Do you ever find yourself throwing away perfectly good food that you just don’t use? Perhaps it’s near its sell-by date, leftover from cooking, or you just simply overbought at your latest weekly shop… Whatever the reason, Tessa Cook and Saasha Celestial-One found the solution to reducing this waste in one simple solution. Olio is…

Upcoming Campus Events

Tuesday 11th February 1-2pm,Windsor Auditorium, Windsor Building Mr Kam Sethi, Tax Analyst ‘Business Strategy in the Disruptive Environment’ Tuesday 3rd March, 3-5pm Gowar and Wedderburn Common Room Ms. Susie Braam O’Reilly, Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mr Steve West, Former CTO at the Foreign and Common Wealth Office. What’s…