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UEL students hop aboard ‘Venture Crawl’ bus for a day of business insight

Students explore some of London’s most exciting companies

The University of East London (UEL) took part in a ‘Venture Crawl’ bus tour of London which gave enterprising students first-hand insight into some of London’s most innovative businesses. 

Stops included the Google campus in Shoreditch, where students learned about the creative entrepreneurship scene and the rise of co-working spaces for start-ups, and Amazon Fashion, where they got a guided tour and talk with Juliet Warkentin, Director of Marketing at Amazon Fashion Europe.

Rebecca Coppock, Student Enterprise Manager at UEL and the Venture Crawl’s ‘conductor’, said, “We were delighted to take part in Venture Crawl 2018, and have such a diverse mix of partners supporting our route. Their involvement shows the shared commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and talent among the next generation.”

The tour also stopped at technology company Innovation Warehouse, where students learned about artificial and mixed reality, and professional services giant Grant Thornton, where students had lunch and received tips from Sarah Abrahams, the company’s Head of Growth Funding.

The group also visited HelloFresh UK, where students received a tour and Q&A session with senior members of the food delivery company’s founding team.

In between stops, a number of business founders and experts ‘hopped aboard’ the bus to share their stories and tips, including Benjamin Western, co-founder of Gaggle, a tech start-up that makes signing up to volunteer for a charity or event as easy as taking an Uber. 

Qadeer Akhter, a BA (Hons) Graphic Design student, said, “The London Venture Crawl was a really great experience. Amazon Fashion had to be the best part of the day.

“Our final stop at Innovation Warehouse was another great part. Hearing the story of artificial reality being implemented into museums made me feel as if there is a market for my ideas. It has inspired me and made me realise that entrepreneurship may actually be the way forward for me!”

Venture Crawl is a unique partnership between nine London universities, designed to give students the opportunity to connect to real-world businesses, be inspired by industry leaders and gain skills in self-confidence, creative thinking and leadership. 

UEL students joined their peers from Birkbeck University of London and the London College of Fashion for the tour.

Ms Coppock said, “Universities are embracing the opportunity to prepare students for the future by equipping them with the entrepreneurial mind-set, skills and networks they need to succeed. Entrepreneurship is here to stay.”