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University entrepreneurs funded to 'Try It, Do It and Build It'

14 September 12

The University of Bradford has been chosen as a partner for a Higher Education Support initiative to nurture social enterprise within the University community.

Over the next 12 months the University will work with UnLtd on their Higher Education initiative to develop a support structure for entrepreneurs within the University, giving its staff and students the opportunity to explore social entrepreneurship, leading to a funded venture. 

Staff members and students with sustainable business plans are invited to apply for one of three funding awards: Try It, Do It and Build It, to regenerate the local business community.

Rizwan Seedat, Enterprise Coach at the University of Bradford, said: "I am delighted that the University of Bradford has been chosen to partner with UnLtd and HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) to encourage social entrepreneurship amongst staff and students alike. Funding and support for new business ideas and community projects has been hard to come by of late, so access to an exciting initiative such as this one is exactly what will kick-start ideas into action.

"This presents a real and ideal opportunity for the University to embed social enterprise alongside the mainstream enterprise support already available to students, and provides useful linkages to the new Sustainable Enterprise Centre which will be opening at the start of 2013."

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14 September 12

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For further information please contact the University of Bradford Press Office on 01274 23 3089/3084.

Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.