Happy New Year and welcome back!
Our last session together before holidays, our Dragons’ Den, was a great experience for everyone involved, but exhausting for you – we know. We hope you’ve all had some time to recharge because now is the time to fire up and start doing. Semester 1 was training and prep but now is the time to fly the nest.
Image by Fernando Trueba, 2016
Here is the plan of action for semester 2. This is the only notice needed for responsible and respectable business owners to plan accordingly. Please note all sessions are compulsory.
Friday 13 January 14:00 – 18:00 KHFL2011
CREATIVE FINANCE – RAISING FINANCE
TEAM STAND-UPS (update on progress since the Dragons’ Den + planning + set targets)
After this session, you will start developing your crowdfunding campaign. For common mistakes, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jpBmFSzPxg
From this day, you will be reporting your weekly sales once a week. Set targets for each team member so you all know what you are working towards.
Friday 20 January 14:00 – 18:00 KHBS0023 (lab)
You will need your Young Enterprise login information so you can access your accounts. Bring details of transactions already made so you can get assistance recording these. Also, please identify issues (VAT, pricing, break-even calculation, stock valuation, cash flow etc.) you would like clarified during the session.
Special instructions for the Innovatio team: do not to delete your sample entries, as Fazl would like to show these to other teams so that they can see actual entries on the YE online platform.
Thursday 26 January 13:00 – 17:00 Kingston Business School Atrium
TRADE FAIR 1
You need to have product on the table, ready to sell! £10 stand fee per team – paid towards prizes for the Best Stand, Best Product, Best Sales Team, Best Overall Company (3 judges will be making rounds on the day). Tables will be provided. Detailed instructions to follow.
Note: 4 trade fairs will be arranged for you, but you should look for other opportunities and places to sell your goods.
Friday 27 January 14:00 – 18:00 KHBS3036
DISPLAY DESIGN, PACKAGING & BRANDING 1
This session will be led by the Best Stand judge who will use your first trade fair to critique your stands/products to help you develop your packaging and branding.
Saturday 28 January + Sunday 29 January
TRIGGER KU START-UP WEEKEND
Trigger Weekend = stage 2 of the Bright Ideas judging process
Find out more and book your place
Friday 3 February 14:00 – 18:00 KHBS1002
SOCIAL MEDIA & NETWORKING
You will need a completed draft of your Social Media & Networking Report assignment for this session. Download the template from StudySpace.
Wednesday 8 February (time TBC)
BRIGHT IDEAS COMPETITION FINAL
You will be getting official invitations as you entered the competition. Note: Decide now how you want to spend the money as a team if you win.
TRADE FAIR 2a @Bright Ideas Final
An opportunity to set up a stand and sell your products during the Bright Ideas Final. Having your stand set up and selling during the drinks reception is a good opportunity to make contacts and get further feedback on your product.
TRADE FAIR 2b @Old Spitalfields Market
An opportunity to set up a stand and sell your products as part of Young Enterprise Pan London Trade Fair 2017. All info and joining instructions published on StudySpace. Please note that places are extremely limited and not guaranteed unless you book with a deposit.
Friday 10 February 14:00 – 18:00 KHFL0014
Reading Week 13 – 17 February
Individual selling opportunities organised by individual teams.
Friday 24 February 14:00 – 18:00 KHBS1002
DISPLAY DESIGN, PACKAGING & BRANDING 2
ADVERT FILM FESTIVAL
Our own film festival where you will show 60 seconds’ adverts for your products.
Friday 3 March 14:00 – 18:00 KHBS3036
Showcase: your business model + value proposition + customer journey + crowdfunding campaign (including branding, adverts, digital strategy) in action
SOCIAL MEDIA & NETWORKING REPORT ASSIGNMENT
DUE by 23:59 on Turnitin
4 March 8:00 – 18:00 Kingston Town Centre (TBC)
TRADE FAIR 3
Trade Fair to be held in a high traffic area of the Kingston shopping district. It will be outdoors. Details of this location to be revealed as the town council is approving our application for space. £10 stand fee per team – paid towards prizes for Best Stand, Best Product, Best Sales Team, Best Overall Company (3 judges will be making rounds on the day). Tables will be provided. Detailed instructions to follow.
Friday 10 March 14:00 -18:00 (rooms TBC)
MOCK DRAGONS’ DEN
Final practice run. With external judges. Deadline for Team Business Reports.
TEAM BUSINESS REPORT ASSIGNMENT DUE by 23:59 on Turnitin
Friday 17 March 14:00 – 20:00 Kingston Business School (rooms TBC)
FINAL DRAGONS’ DEN
To be held in the afternoon and evening in the Business School. You will be competing against 18 undergraduate business teams. The top team chosen by a panel of external judges will be going to the National Start-up Final (typically the first part of May, date TBC). Winner of the National competition gets an all-paid trip to the European competition.
Please note: winners will be kept secret and announced during the Celebrate Enterprise event.
TEAM BUSINESS REPORT ASSIGNMENT DUE in class, during the TEAM PRESENTATION
Thursday 23 March 16:30 – 20:00 Penrhyn Road Campus
CELEBRATE ENTERPRISE CEREMONY + TRADE FAIR 4
Celebrate Enterprise is the annual event at Kingston University when we celebrate success and achievements in entrepreneurship and enterprise.
The awards evening will take place on Thursday 23 March 2017, starting with a student/graduate fair from 4:30 PM.
Look at student nominations categories and nominate a classmate – you can even nominate yourself! Deadline for your nominations 12pm Wednesday 9 March 2017.
Friday 28 April by 23:59 on your blogs + on Turnitin
FINAL BLOG POST = REFLECTIVE ESSAY ASSIGNMENT
(30% of module mark)
TOP BLOG AWARD
Awards for the best blog of the year, as voted by you.
Hint: start reading your classmates’ blogs now if you’re yet to start.
(Plans sometimes change – if that happens, we will let you know immediately.)
It is going to be an exciting semester – buckle up & enjoy the ride!
See you all later!