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BSEEN to be a winner in Birmingham

BSEEN promotes entrepreneurship among students and graduates in the Birmingham area, whilst also meeting regional priorities including increasing higher skills, enhancing innovation and enterprise and supporting SMEs. It was jointly conceived by three partner university careers services: Aston, Birmingham City and Birmingham.

For BSEEN's content and focus, the careers service partners chose to go beyond a generic business start-up programme and instead created an innovative and multidisciplinary package of activities that not only supported graduate business start-ups but would also produce tangible entrepreneurial culture change in their institutions.  

The three stage approach was:

• Level 1 - creating new graduate-managed businesses;
• Level 2 - providing a regional Enterprise Club;
• Level 3 - promoting entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship amongst the
                 partners' student cohorts.

The project was supported by Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, the NCGE, Business Link, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and JobCentre Plus. Senior university managers also demonstrated commitment and support with Aston University's senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor acting as programme Chair and regional spokesperson.

Evidence of effectiveness and success

The targets to provide entrepreneurial support to a minimum of 350 graduates, supporting 90 emerging businesses and creating at least 30 new graduate businesses were all met or exceeded in a 15 month period. The independent evaluation report also identified that over 47% of the businesses supported were fully trading and profitable.

BSEEN was made possible by a successful bid to the Working Neighbourhood Fund. The aim of effecting an entrepreneurial culture change across the three institutions was fully met, as evidenced by the partner institutions' decision to embed and continue delivering the programme beyond March 2011.

• Winner - AGCAS 2011 Award for Excellence: Entrepreneurship

AGCAS Enterprise Award Sponsored by Skills Hive

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Created on: 17 November 2011

Last updated: 06 January 2012

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