Students Get Commercial

1 June 2012

Students Get Commercial

Students from a diverse range of disciplines including Art, Philosophy, Film & Theatre, Food Science and Agriculture enjoyed a talk from Windsor based new entrepreneurs, James Hakesley and Roy M Kimani of FidgitBox...

 

Students from a diverse range of disciplines including Art, Philosophy, Film & Theatre, Food Science and Agriculture enjoyed a talk from Windsor based new entrepreneurs, James Hakesley and Roy M Kimani of FidgitBox in a workshop about starting your own business and working in creative businesses. In the session aimed at Arts and Humanities students, run jointly by SEECC and the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School, students also learnt about personal branding and effectively presenting yourself via social media.

James Hakesley and Roy Kimani recent graduates themselves, who have photographed Pixie Lott and Michael Kiwanuka amongst others, have just completed a corporate video for Toms Shoes. They asked the students to think about the one word which inspired them, and described the highs and lows of setting up their business, and their top social media and networking tips.

Roy commented: 'It was great to talk to such a switched on group of students, and we would definitely have benefited from such a session when we first started our business.' James added: 'We really enjoyed talking to the students about our story and hope it has inspired them to carry on with their plans'.

Dr Jess Co from the Centre for Entrepreneurship who led the sessions explained: 'The Centre for Entrepreneurship runs modules which any students can choose to attend while they are at the University of Reading. With those modules we aim to provide students with a wide range of skills and experience of running their own business, either by running a mini-venture themselves, by undertaking an off-site visit, or by hearing from entrepreneurs who have been there and done it. Sometimes because of timetable issues, students aren't always able to attend the modules, so we were delighted to work with SEECC on this session for this particular set of students.'

Claire Jones of SEECC explained: 'We are always keen to make sure we reach as many students as possible with sessions such as this. The feedback was so positive, and the students enjoyed hearing from Roy and James so much that we plan to run another session with the Centre for Entrepreneurship in the new term.'