Starting up

Special event to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week

Starting upWe’re excited to invite all University of Brighton students and alumni to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week at beepurple’s annual highlight event, ‘Starting Up’.

This free celebration takes place on Wednesday 14 November at Cockcroft Hall, Moulsecoomb (5.30pm–8.00pm). Book now.

It features four University of Brighton graduates returning to tell the stories of their first years in business. Find out the challenges they faced and how they overcame them to develop strong, sustainable ventures.

It’s a highly interactive session where you’ll get the chance to ask questions, discover invaluable tips and meet others interested in startups, social enterprise and freelancing – as well as those that simply want to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Our special guest Henry Blanchard, founder of the Ugandan Marathon, will talk about his £2m fundraising success and his work with business support service Enterprise Nation.

Wine and canapés will be served.

Space is limited so please ensure you book your place now.


Tiffany Tsoi – BAHMAPS
Tiffany is Managing Director of BAHMAPS Limited. BAHMAPS has a bilingual publication in Brighton primarily for Chinese students and tourists. BAHMAPS also runs Chinese WeChat marketing for Ministry of Sound London and Pryzm Brighton. The company currently has regular monthly nightclub events in Brighton and Southampton, and in London starting from December 2018. Tiffany is from Hong Kong and studied MSc International Events Management. BAHMAPS is now a partner of Visit Brighton and the publication can be found in all tourist information centres. The company is actively seeking to expand its publication and events business into different cities in the UK; future plans included an East Asian festival in Brighton/Southampton, bringing East Asian artists to the UK for live shows and tours of the UK with top 100 DJs.

Henry Blanchard – Enterprise Nation
Special guest Henry is representing our partner platform Enterprise Nation, a business support tool available free to all University of Brighton students and graduates. Henry is founder and director of the Uganda International Marathon, the African country’s largest public fundraising event. He is a regular speaker and facilitator for organisations including Enterprise Nation, Escape the City, Oxford University, Deloitte and more. He is a mentor and advisor for early stage startups with Minimum Viable Product validation and customer acquisition. “I create value by helping people understand and unlock their potential, says Henry. “Helping you do great work through starting meaningful projects and kicking ass. I love meeting new people and sharing stories of creation – be it businesses or art. I’m always keen to help people take the first step in starting something. Hit me up, let’s make some magic happen.”

Danielle Reynolds – DVR Equestrian Sport
Danielle Reynolds graduated from Fashion with Business Studies in 2016. She now runs DVR Equestrian Sport, an innovative equestrian-wear brand. Her debut and award-winning collection incorporates fluorescent material with reflective detailing to encourage equestrians – particularly those that avoid wearing hi-vis – to be more visible when out riding. In 2017, Danielle was successful in raising £10,600 via Kickstarter for a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign for her debut collection.

Emma Johnson – Ceramicist
Emma Johnson studied M(des) 3D Design and Craft at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2016. Since then she has focused on establishing her own creative business designing and making handmade ceramics in her Brighton-based studio, specifically focusing on slipcasting in porcelain. Emma Johnson Ceramics‘ functional homewares are often based around architecture, incorporating precise, angular forms and a degree of buildability into the pieces. In early 2017 Emma was selected to take part in Hothouse; an intensive development programme for emerging makers run by the Crafts Council. Emma is currently creating and developing work from her shared studio in Phoenix Brighton.

sarah gillingsSarah Gillings – U CAN Spray CIO
U CAN Spray CIO is the UK’s first dedicated spray-painting charity. Through unique spray-painting workshops and public artwork projects, Sarah inspires and engages disengaged people from all backgrounds into free cultural and therapeutic experiences through spray-painting. Beneficiaries are anyone who is disengaged from society for reasons beyond their control. U CAN Spray interact with the general public through festivals and events in order to make an immersive art experience, where paying customers help support others less fortunate than themselves. Sarah is a multi award-winning inclusive arts practioner who graduated from an MA Inclusive Arts in 2015. Her charity was recently recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May with a Points of Light award.

Students, graduates and staff of the University of Brighton can reserve their place.

Limited availability – book now.


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Luke Mitchell • 09/11/2018

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