On Wednesday 14 March, 250 university students from across London will embark on a unique 12-hour ‘London Venture Crawl’ across the city.
Six iconic Routemaster buses will travel on specially-designed routes, stopping off for talks, workshops and tours at organisations and workspaces including Deliveroo, Amazon Fashion, Google, Barclays, Hello Fresh, Innovation Warehouse, Digital Capital, Makerversity and Wayra.
Successfully piloted in 2017 by King’s College London, the event is a unique partnership between nine London universities: Brunel University London and King’s College London are joined by University College London, London South Bank University, the University of Westminster, Loughborough University’s London campus, Birkbeck University of London, the University of East London and the London College of Fashion.
The event is designed to give students the opportunity to connect to real-world businesses, be inspired by industry leaders, get feedback about their early-stage start-up ideas and gain skills in self-confidence, creative thinking and leadership.
VIP passengers will be hopping on board the buses to share their stories and stimulate conversations, peer-to-peer learning and idea sharing.
Buses ready to be branded for Venture Crawl 2018
The event will end at Plexal in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a keynote from Sarah Wood, Founder of Unruly, and a chance for students to share their experiences and build their networks.
“Brunel has a strong track record in identifying and nurturing entrepreneurial talent in our students, many of whom set up successful businesses and turn their creative thinking into reality,” commented Mike Herman, who leads entrepreneurship and innovation in Brunel’s Innovation Hub, part of the Professional Development Centre (PDC).
“Venture Crawl is an excellent addition to our innovation drives, and I’m excited to see all students involved getting the most out of this partnership.”
Jeremy Shorter, Learning Programme Manager in King’s College London’s Entrepreneurship Institute, said: “The best way to learn about entrepreneurship and innovative thinking is to experience it first hand; to meet the people who are creating new jobs and coming up with creative ways to meet society’s challenges. As London universities we have the world’s top innovators right on our doorstep and we want students to take full advantage of such a unique location.
“University students are the entrepreneurs and innovators of the future and travelling on the London Venture Crawl gives them the opportunity to interact with each other and exchange ideas as we take them on this unique entrepreneurial journey.”
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