Welcome Back to Lent Term

Dear members,

  1. Welcome back
  2. The £5k Challenge
  3. Term card
  4. Enterprise Tuesday Programme
  5. Join us on YouNoodle

Welcome back!

I hope you have all had wonderful Christmases and are ready to leap into an energetic term of enterprising activities! Well done to all those who entered the £1k Challenge. 10 entries will be announced as winners at our Awards Ceremony on 30 January and each of those teams will be handed £1000 by Theo Paphitis, Chairman of Ryman's, Non-Exec Director of La Senza and joint owner of Red Letter Days.

Here is what we have in stall for this term – please put these dates in your diaries. We'll send out more detailed reminders closer to the time. All our events will be held at the CU Engineering Department, Trumpington St, unless otherwise stated.

The £5k Challenge

Now is the time to start writing your £5k entries. You have 5 weeks until the deadline of 11.59pm, Friday 22 February 2008, GMT.

In this phase you will write a business plan and pitch for investment. The £5k Challenge rewards propositions that show practicality, financial viability and strong teams.

You will need to expand your executive summary to no more than 3500 words and submit it online by 22 February. The Phase 2 finalists go on to write a full business plan and must submit it by 28 April for the chance to win one or more prizes of £5k, and to pitch for further investment before a panel of angel investors.

There are 6 prizes of £5k each, which reward different types of business ideas – the prize money is tied to the creation of the business:

  • 3 Technology Enterprise Awards
  • 1 Cleantech Enterprise Award
  • 1 Social Enterprise Award
  • 1 Creative Enterprise Award

Term card

Sat 19 Jan, 1pm – location

Talk by Patrick Collison, cofounder
of Auctomatic, and a youth on a trampoline

Sat 26 Jan, 10am

Pitching Masterclass

Wed 30 Jan, 6pm

£1k Awards Ceremony, with
Theo Paphitis

Sat 2 Feb, 2pm

Speed Networking: Meet the

Wed 6 Feb, 6pm

Intellectual Property
information evening

Sat 9 Feb, 2pm

£5k Training Event

Enterprise Tuesday Programme

It was great to see so many of you at the ET talks last term that we run jointly with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. If you haven't already registered for the series, please sign up at http://www.cfel.jbs.cam.ac.uk/programmes/enterprise/enterprise_form.html

Tue 22 Jan, 6pm

A Real Opportunity to
Business, with Karren Brady, MD of
Birmingham FC

Tue 29 Jan, 6pm

Increasing the Odds, with
Duncan Goose, Founder of

Tue 5 Feb, 6pm

The Funding Food Chain,
with Lord Karan Bilimoria

Tue 12 Feb, 6pm

Building a Dream Team, with
Louisa Fletcher, Price
Property Advice

Tue 19 Feb, 6pm

Making it Happen, Prof Sir
Richard Friend and Plastic

Tue 26 Feb, 6pm

Avoiding Big Mistakes, Dr
Hermann Hauser

Join us on YouNoodle

Join the community of Coventry entrepreneurs on You Noodle by clicking on the following link: http://www.younoodle.com/join/CUE Remember to fill out your profile and upload your photo to start building
connections with other entrepreneurs. This is a great way to meet potential team members and get involved in exciting projects!