Global business leaders bid to inspire North East students

Newcastle University scheme sees top entrepreneurs sharing their stories with students and the public

Jamieson Combs of the NAKD wholefood brand speaks at Newcastle University
Jamieson Combs of the NAKD wholefood brand speaks at Newcastle University

Some of the world’s top entrepreneurs will be coming to Tyneside in the coming weeks to encourage students into the world of business.

The Entrepreneurial Insights series at Newcastle University brings together high-profile business leaders from a wide range of industries, who will be sharing their experiences of starting and running their own business and becoming leaders in their field.

The talks are the latest initiative by Rise Up, the university’s support programme for student and graduate entrepreneurs, and the student society Newcastle Entrepreneurs.

Held at The Great North Museum and open to the public, the free sessions will see business leaders giving an insight into how they have developed world-leading firms.

The series started last week with a talk by American entrepreneur Jamieson Combs, the man behind the industry-leading NAKD wholefood brand.

Later this month, there will be a talk by Paul and Rob Forkan, who founded the Gandys flip-flop range and the Orphans for Orphans movement after losing their parents in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

And in March, Entrepreneurial Insights will be welcoming Anna Jones, CEO of Hearst Publishing, who is 22 magazines and 21 digital operations – including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Digital Spy. Ms Jones is a graduate from the international business course at Newcastle.

Gareth Trainer, assistant director of the university’s Careers Service, said: “Entrepreneurship is at the heart of the Rise Up programme, and we are delighted that students and visitors will get an opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business world.

“All of the speakers are setting a great example of the impact that anyone with a good idea, drive and commitment can have not only on their personal development, but on society as a whole. I am sure the lectures will inspire many budding entrepreneurs to take the crucial step towards turning their ideas into successful ventures.”

Vicki Dorling, president of Newcastle Entrepreneurs, added: “Entrepreneurial Insights is a great chance for students to learn about the journeys successful entrepreneurs have been on and be inspired about alternative career opportunities.

“We’ve worked really hard with Rise Up to secure a great line-up of speakers for the launch of the series and hope this initiative will give students the confidence to launch their own businesses one day.”

Attendance is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone wanting to book a ticket can do so by going to the Entrepreneurial Insights website .


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