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Entrepreneurs in Residence

Published: Tues 14 Nov 2017

The Faculty of Management and Law (FoML) has created the new role of Entrepreneur in Residence.

The purpose of this position is to inspire students and members of staff within the faculty to embrace, practice and learn from entrepreneurial activities and help to identify opportunities to support staff and students.

The first two Entrepreneurs in Residence are Tony Fish and Martin Allison – both alumni of the School of Management. Over the coming months they will begin to engage with staff and students.

Tony Fish

Tony Fish "I am delighted to be able to bring my experiences back to Bradford and share them with students and graduates.  I plan to encourage and support them on a path to generating value and opportunity for themselves by creating businesses which bringing some new and disruptive to the market."

Martin Allison

Martin Allison "Reflecting on the roles I have fulfilled in life there is no doubting that a curious and continual learning approach has been of benefit, this role is no different, it is new, iterative and exciting. I greatly enjoy seeing new ideas and projects succeed and more importantly the people who are associated with them grow and thrive. Just imagine if we could create a “production line” of world class entrepreneurs, products and organisations." 

Professor Zahir Irani Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law commented: "I am delighted to welcome both Tony and Martin to the Faculty, and with their knowledge this is a very exciting time, the creation of these two roles will ensure our focus on entrepreneurship remains at the forefront of everything we do. This is another example of how we are pushing the boundaries and challenging the norm to the benefit of our students."

The concept of Entrepreneur in Residence is part of the new FoML business engagement strategy that is integral to the Faculty 2017-2027 vision - in a more challenging graduate job market the University wants to inspire its students to be entrepreneurial, to have the confidence to think differently through to consider setting up their own businesses. Students are increasingly seeking entrepreneurial skills and it is in this regard that the FoML is enhancing the student experience.

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