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Success at MADE festival

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Management School proudly contributed to this year’s MADE Festival, in helping the University of Sheffield to highlight its entrepreneurial flair

The MADE festival this year took place from the 21st to the 24th September and saw thousands of entrepreneurs descend upon the city including Peter Jones CBE and Doug Richard of Dragon’s Den fame, Mark Prisk MP, the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Hayman, co-founder of Start-Up Britain and Seven Hills, and Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The event began with the unveiling of The Entrepreneur Express (an East Midlands Train locomotive named after the event) at London’s St Pancras which carried visitors to the city. During the festival entrepreneurs took part in panel events and Q&A sessions and there were seminars, presentations, and pitching competitions for young entrepreneurs and networking events hosted by influential business leaders across the city.

The innovative idea of getting entrepreneurs to contribute to the design of the Management School’s new MSc in Entrepreneurship, by Dr Tim Vorley of the Management School, was highlighted throughout the Festival; VIP guests travelling on the special Entrepreneur Express from St Pancras were asked for their ideas and other delegates were asked to ‘tweet’ any suggestions.

The School’s engagement with the International Masters in Practising Management (IMPM) delegates allowed for key note speakers to deliver sessions at the festival. Dr Ute Stephan, of IWP at the Management School, facilitated a key note session which included international speakers Rick Heinick, Vice President HR and Transformation, Bausch and Lomb; and Salem Samhoud, Entrepreneur and Owner of &Samoud, who were both speakers in the “Making Things Happen Session”. Captain Gopinath, India’s leading entrepreneur and founder of the first low cost airline in India, was the key note speaker at a session on “Spotting new opportunities”. Captain Gopinath spent some time after his presentation talking to some of the School’s Indian MBA students who worked at the MADE Festival.

The IMPM delegates engaged with the School and MADE festival not only through their participation in key note sessions but also via the Management School Advisory Board, they received a presentation around Leadership and Place from Professor Gordon Dabinett and another from  Brendan Moffett of Creative Sheffield, and a facilitated a reflective session with Professor John Cullen of the School.

The Management School, in collaboration with Engineering, the University and DLA Piper hosted a dinner at the city’s Cutlers Hall on the Saturday evening of the festival. Attendees included Directors and Senior Managers from leading Sheffield companies and legal firms plus representatives from Sheffield City Council and Senior representatives from the University. The whole evening was a great success with an IMPM delegate, Milly Katana Country Director, Uganda, International HIV/Aids Alliance, thanking the Management School and University for hosting their workshop. The opportunity to work with the IMPM delegates came through Peter Beeby who is one of the School’s Advisory Board Members.

The MADE Festival 2011 proved a great success hosting some of Britain’s best known business-minds and entrepreneurs and providing young entrepreneurs the chance to network and experience pitching their business ideas. A huge congratulations and a massive well done to all those involved.

For further information:

  • To find out more about MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2011, visit: Made 2011

Additional ESRC Festival of Social Science Funding for School

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

The Management School is delighted to announce that Dr Karoline Strauss and Dr Ute Stephan under the auspices of ConsultIWP the commercial arm of the Institute of Work Psychology have also successfully gained funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a evening business session in the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences week between 29th October and 5th November 2011.

The event, ‘Leading and Inspiring Innovation at Work and in the Community – a Daunting Challenge or Easy-to-Create Habit?’, will be held at The Source, Meadowhall on Thursday 3rd November 2011. Innovation and entrepreneurship are key drivers of national competitiveness and regional growth. However, all too often the focus is on technological innovations and patents. This event disseminates research highlighting the ‘people side’ of innovation, and in particular the role of leadership, which plays a critical role in stimulating innovation. The event targetted at people in managerial roles in the private, public and third sector, will aim to empower participants to stimulate innovation in the people, teams and organisations that they lead.

For further details on the event, visit