This is Ann (president-elect ) and Nicola (Vice president-elect), firstly thank you very much for choosing us to lead UCLe the coming year, we hope you felt our passion during the AGM.
Our aim for the coming year is not just to improve the society, but also to build a “rainforest” (originally from here). Before getting deep into ideas and positions, we believe it is important to share what we mean by rainforest.
A rainforest is an environment, well, it is the ideal one where a community of entrepreneurs grows. To build our rainforest, we need to create the atmosphere, opportunities, events, and connections with the startup world such as Tech City. The UCL entrepreneurs’ rainforest will grow and develop into a dynamic hub to enable idea sharing, networking, candid feedback, and ultimately making things happen.
A rainforest is a spirit of innovation. We believe that only promoting this, we will have an ecosystem where cutting-edge products and excellent people can meet, therefore a community and thus a society.
Brief preview of our ideas:
- The UCL startup list/census
This will allow us to show the achievements of UCL’s entrepreneurs and provide a gateway to get in touch with investors/accelerators/incubators.
- Tuesday/Thursday’s speed networking
Networking after UCL Advance’s guest lecture series and E-challenge is fundamental in building a community and a rainforest. This will be the time to share ideas, meet people and get critical feedbacks
- Founders’ fellowship
Students that funded a startup are recognized by UCLe to be part of the UCL Founders’ fellowship. It will make easier to organize events/meetings providing connections/mentorship
- Ideas drop-in session
Private space for students to get critical feedback regarding their ideas, and the first step to secure our seed funding
- The UCLe brand with mini product development projects
Building products that UCLe will market and sell to students like it has been done last year selling bubble tea on campus
- Skills classes or skills sharing session, i.e. “coding and cookies”
Everyone should get to know about the start-up world, we love both beginners and experts.
- COWO (UCL Co-working space)
Establishing a co-working meeting point where students can go and work with other people who are interested in entrepreneurship/start-up
Brief preview of Events:
- October’s UCL Drinkabout
UCLe wants to connect with as many students as possible right from the start. This is the time for us to introduce ourselves, with welcoming free booze to get everyone into the idea of networking, and giving our committee a chance to inspire you
- Startup Job Fair
Internships are not just about banking. Here you can find cutting edge start-ups which are looking for co-founders, interns and marketing director etc.
Spend 24 hours hacking on a precise topic, find tech/biz students who are interested to continue to work on ideas that might grow in future. Differ from UCL start-up weekends, this is very garage and geeky and will be in collaboration with other UCL societies
- UCL Start-up Weekends
Differ from Hackathon, this will follow the standard of Start-up Weekend, there will be an external committee of VC/Entrepreneurs judging the idea made from Friday-Sunday
- UCL Start-up Showcase
An Event where UCL students can showcase their products and promote entrepreneurship on campus
And Of course we will continue the traditions: UCL’s Apprentice, £20 challenge, and more !
Building the team
We’d love to get you involved, to fill an assigned role, but also to bring your own ideas to the table and carry them forward! Come talk to us and see where you can fit into the below outline, while we can also find the most passionate, dynamic, and motivated of you.
- General Secretary
- Events Team
- Marketing Team
- Public Relations Team (connect with VC/Angels/Accelerator)
- Investment Team (the fund)
- Sponsorship Hunters
- Social Activities Team
- Creative and Design Team
- Tech Crew
- Founders Fellowship representatives (3rd year onwards)
- Advisory Board members (Possibly Founders fellows)
- Student Ambassadors (1st/2nd/3rd years/master students)
We would like to meet people who are interested in joining the committee this coming friday (15 Mar) at 3-5 pm, venue to be confirmed. The new strategy team (Ann, Nicola, Jerome, Fantasy) and the current committee will be there to share their experiences with UCLe.
If you are interested, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying which area you are interested in and why you will be a good fit (300 words max).
Looking forward to meeting you.
Ann Chan and Nicola Greco