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LSBU Bus Venture Crawl 2019

Students from London South Bank University are given an access all areas pass to meet entrepreneurs, be inspired and visit some of London’s most innovative companies

A team of 40 LSBU business students were taken (20 March) on a whistlestop bus tour of some of South London’s most innovative companies, with the aim of educating and inspiring a new generation of budding entrepreneurs.

Now in its third year, London Venture Crawl has helped students to network with their like-minded peers, with a view to starting companies and creating professional networks of their own, leading to fulfilling and enterprising careers. Run in conjunction with 12 other London-based universities, the day saw up to 400 students explore the vast potential of the city's entrepreneurial ‘eco-system’.

Travelling across London in a signature double decker bus, students from London South Bank University visited a number of iconic locations including Borough Market and The Institute of Directors. They were encouraged to get their hands dirty during a practical workshop at ‘Makerversity’ and to be inspired by entrepreneurial stories told by business figures at Safestay Hostels and Founders Factory.

The day climaxed with a celebration of student entrepreneurship, held at the Plexal Innovation Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where all of the participating students from 13 universities gathered together to listen to inspirational talks, network with one another and celebrate entrepreneurship.

London Venture Crawl has seen an incredible response from a diverse pool of LSBU students drawn from all seven academic schools.  This participation reflects a widespread interest in entrepreneurship across the University.

Linsey Cole, Associate Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 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.

“We have some of the world’s top innovators right on our doorstep in south London and we want our students to take full advantage of these local business connections. The London Venture Crawl is an excellent opportunity for them to be inspired and find out more.”