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Interview with Faik Aktulga: create a business based on your passion

Faik Aktulga studied Business Management BSc(Hons) at the University of Brighton and, after graduation, he returned to his parents’ house in London to look for corporate work in the city. After a round of applications and interviews, he started to doubt his passion for the career path that he had found himself pursuing. Entrepreneurial, and…

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Interview with illustrator Dan Woodger – how to build a freelance creative career

Illustrator and animator Dan Woodger recently spoke to beepurple, the entrepreneurship support service of the University of Brighton, about building a freelance career in the creative industry. London-based Dan is a graduate of the university (BA(Hons) Illustration, 2011) whose clients have included Apple, McDonald’s, Netflix, Samsung, New York Times and GQ. Dan was pursuing a…

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‘Founder Chats with beepurple’: new podcast launched by entrepreneurship support service

The entrepreneurship support service of the University of Brighton, beepurple, has launched a new podcast featuring interviews with business founders. ‘Founder Chats with beepurple‘ is a series of eight interviews recorded over coffee in locations in Brighton and London. The majority of the guests are University of Brighton graduates in the founding years of their…

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Startup tips from ClickMechanic co-founder Andrew Jervis

In this interview, Andrew Jervis (pictured right) – co-founder of mobile car mechanic service ClickMechanic – shares his advice for student and graduate entrepreneurs. What key advice would you give to a university student looking to start their own business? Solve problems for big markets; Make your MVP [Minimum Viable Product] – quickly learn and…

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Winners announced! Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition 2018 Final

Photos: Phil Bedford The Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition Final 2018 took place 10 May 2018 at Moulsecoomb campus. Five finalists pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges from the local business community. As well as the cash prizes provided by Santander Universities, a generous package of business startup support was also…

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Free workshop: ‘Protect Your Ideas’

Wednesday 18 April, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm  REGISTER FREE (STUDENT/GRADUATE/STAFF) Room G5, Mithras House, Moulsecoomb Photo: Edna Winti (CC by 2.0) Join us for the final beepurple workshop of 2017/18, where we will discover how to protect your ideas and creations using patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright. Book free now (students, staff and…

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Enterprise Nation unveils new platform to deliver the ‘future of business support’

Enterprise Nation has launched a dynamic new platform today, as part of its mission to become the UK’s leading provider of business support. The £2m tech-enabled platform, built with support from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), will dramatically increase the enterprise support group’s reach and resources to deliver accessible advice,…

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Free workshop: ‘Grow Your Business’

Grow Your Business | Wednesday, 14 March 2018 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm | Room G4, Main Building, Grand Parade BOOK FREE NOW Once you’ve got started with your business or social enterprise, how can you make sure it thrives and grows? How can you build a startup that goes on getting better and better results?…

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Productivity workshop

Productivity tips from beepurple speaker Graham Allcott

Author Graham Allcott will be visiting the university on Wednesday 7 March to deliver ‘Get Things Done‘, a masterclass in productivity. The workshop takes place 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm in Room G5, Mithras House, Moulsecoomb and is free to students, graduates and staff on the University of Brighton. Registration is essential. 5 Productivity Ninja…

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Make Money Online – Free beepurple workshop

Wednesday 28 February 2018, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm, Room G5, Mithras House, Moulsecoomb BOOK NOW In a digital world full of entrepreneurial opportunity, how do you find the winning ideas and avoid expensive pitfalls? Join us on Wednesday for a dynamic panel session where we’ll meet four people – two current University of Brighton…

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Free workshop: ‘Get Your First Sales’

Wednesday 7 February, 5.30 – 7.30 pm, Mithras House, Moulsecoomb BOOK NOW There are just a few spaces left to book onto beepurple‘s upcoming workshop, Get Your First Sales. Included in this session Get over the common fears and become confident selling; Understand the sales process, including how to generate sales leads; Learn the factors…

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Branding for startups – advice from strategic designer Luke Brookes

This is a guest article by Luke Brookes, CEO/Director at Distinct Blueprint. Distinct Blueprint is a strategic brand design agency which helps businesses express their true value, connect with their ideal customers and achieve their goals, giving them a competitive edge within their desired marketplace. Luke is developing his business during a placement year on…

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Danielle pictured centre with Phil Green and Ruth Maddison of MDHUB

Graduate’s business growing fast with top support

A University of Brighton graduate is galloping to success since appearing in the university’s annual startup contest. Horse-riding entrepreneur Danielle Reynolds, 24, launched an equestrian fashion business on the back of her win in The Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition. Now she is working with a high-level business growth network, MDHUB, to expand the…

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Meet Lucy Jamieson – textile design entrepreneur at Artemisia Designs

Graduate Lucy Jamieson studied Visual Culture at the University of Brighton. She is now based in York and is in the early stages of establishing Artemisia Designs, a textile design startup. Here she shares with beepurple the story of her entrepreneurial journey so far… Tell us about your work leading up to the creation of Artemisia…

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Enter the Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition 2018

Win £2000 and turn your idea into reality! Do you have an idea for a new product, service or community project? Now’s your chance to make it happen! The Santander University of Brighton Ideas Competition is open to all students and graduates of the university. It aims to reward innovation, and turn great ideas into…

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Free event: TedX speaker Roger Cowdrey’s ‘Preparing for Your Journey Into the Unknown’

Preparing for Your Journey Into the Unknown A talk about entrepreneurship with TedX speaker Roger Cowdrey International business consultant, writer and motivational speaker, Roger Cowdrey, will visit the University of Brighton to speak to students and graduates about entrepreneurship. This unique lecture takes place on Monday 4 December (4 pm to 6 pm) in Room…

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Free event: ‘Starting Up: Top Tips from Entrepreneurs’

To celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, beepurple welcomes back four University of Brighton graduates to share their unique startup stories. Join us on Wednesday 15 November (5.30 pm – 8.00 pm) at Edward Street to discuss entrepreneurship, get top business tips and discover the highs and lows of starting your own venture. The event is free…

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Free accountancy advice from professionals – book your place

Image credit: CC by WOCinTech Chat To mark Global Entrepreneurship Week, beepurple is offering a free one-to-one consultancy with a qualified accountant from top local firm Plus Accounting. We have a limited number of appointments to offer to students, graduates or University of Brighton staff who are involved in developing a business, charity or social…

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Free event: ‘Grow Your Network’

beepurple is excited to present ‘Grow Your Network’, which takes place on Wednesday 8 November at Grand Parade campus (5.30 pm – 7.30 pm, Room G4, Main Building). Booking is essential. This panel event features four diverse speakers all sharing their tips, experiences and unique approaches to professional networking. It’s free to students, graduates and…

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Graduate entrepreneur: Sarah Gillings, founder of U CAN Spray

This article is one of a series of interviews with graduate entrepreneurs. beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support service. Name: Sarah Gillings AKA S.o.S Subject studied: Inclusive Arts Practice MA Year of graduation: 2015 Business name: U CAN Spray CIO Website: Describe your business U CAN Spray CIO is the UK’s first dedicated spray-painting…

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