Lunchtime sessions

Thursday September 5th 12.50 to 13.30

Startup Visa – A New Hoop
Room JHB 206  

A new hoop to jump through for early stage international founders is being integrated into higher education and community entrepreneurial support services across the UK.  Many founders had been eligible for its predecessor the Gradate Entrepreneur Visa, but a new rigidity has emerged that asks significant questions about potential for job creation, international markets and the UK’s need for the business idea, meaning a change of criteria and institutional process.  This session aims to draw delegates into an open discussion about what support/criteria they are putting in place and whether there is a message EEUK should be taking to Home Office.  All are welcome, but those working with international founders are encouraged, as are those who are offering the (also new) Innovator Visa.

Led by Neil Coles

International Collaboration
Room JHB 204

If you have an interest in the international development of Enterprise Educators UK, particularly in China, join an interactive lunchtime session to identify the scope of Enterprise Educators UK Global membership. The EEGlobal working group have agreed an initial strategic focus on the opportunities for cooperation in China but would welcome your insight into the needs and potential business model/s to progress our contribution with Chinese partners.

Led by Jerry Allen

Self-employment and freelancing careers
Room JHB 203

An increasing number of students and graduates are choosing self-employment as a career. Often these individuals do not identify as an entrepreneur so may struggle to know where they can receive advice and guidance. Does your enterprise support include initiatives tailored towards independent workers, freelancers, contractors or small business owners? This session aims to facilitate a conversation amongst attendees to share best practice, as well as challenges about supporting students and graduates who want to be self-employed.

Led by Rebecca Willey, from IPSE – the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed