Relations with the Local Business Community
Since the high profile launch of the 1999/2000 competition by
and highly sucessful entrepreneur, CUE has matured into an established part of the business community. Over the last 2 years, CUE has become renowned for the quality of the training programmes and mentoring it provides for its members in coordination with its sponsors and supporters.
The success of this partnership was celebrated earlier this year when CUE was nominated for the Coventry Evening News Business Training award for 2001 only 18 months after formation (see
CUE in the media
, Research Programme Director for the
Coventry Entrepreneurship Centre
, commented after the presentation "The CUE business plan competition this year was a resounding success and it can only be a matter of time before some great new businesses will emerge."
Sponsors and supporters of CUE play a vital role in enabling us to deliver such a comprehensive training programme combined with the opportunity to participate in one-to-one mentoring programmes. For exampe, finance lectures hosted by
, gave this years 50K participants an opportunity to do a dry run with their finances, exploring potential problems.
, chairman of
, opened the eyes of many with their guide to the market and marketing your product.
Networking events give students participating in the programme the opportunity to meet with people who have made the leap in to the unknown, and those who can advise them as they do it. The session pictured left enabled students to discuss their ideas with strategists from
Intensive training weeks provide an opportunity for students to work with sponsors and supporters putting some of what they have learnt into practice and to develop their knowledge further. Among other sessions,
Elly De Decker
lead the Management Team session, requiring teams to get practical, working together to build a bridge. Understanding of Financials and Cashflows was developed further by
Derek Broomfield, Martin Wright and Markus Kel
and the mysteries of alliances and partnerships unravelled by
ARM's Matt Lee
The wealth of knowlege our supporters and sponsors have gained often through the trial and error of starting a company yourself is invaluable, and therefore we take every opportunity to welcome people with such experiences to try to impart at least a bit of their knowledge.
the Managing Director of
St. John's Innovation Centre
has been one such supporter, conveying advice in a way that can only be the result of great experience.
CUE have also worked closely with many parts of the University, all keen to further entrepreneurial spirit in their students. Among the links made are the
Manufacturing Engineering Department, The Institute for Manufacturing
The Department of Biotechnology
Wolfson Industrial Unit.
CUE and its members would like to thank all those who have made contributions over the last year and look forward to another highly successful year.