On Tuesday we celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week by attending and exhibiting at the BIG Networking Night ran by Amy Doyle of the University of Portsmouth.
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a week-long celebration of start-ups, innovators and entrepreneurs. Every year, during one week in November, GEW inspires people everywhere through a range of local and global activities to explore the idea of self-starting. A range of events have been running this week in Portsmouth and the BIG Networking Night was a true celebration of both entrepreneurship and collaboration.
Doors opened to start the celebration at Portsmouth Business School. Sarah Duckering, Director of Research and Innovation Services within the University of Portsmouth, opened the evening and introduced the evenings guest speaker – Rachel Lowe, MBE. Sarah spoke about the Universities commitment to “being a proud part of Portsmouth and our region, working in partnership to support and influence the economic, educational and cultural life of the City”. In keeping with the spirit of entrepreneurship she spoke of the four Innovation Centres located within the city that encourage and provide working environments for a range of individuals and businesses.
We then heard an inspiring talk from Rachel Lowe about her roller-coaster journey through entrepreneurship. Rachel’s talk was titled “Never give up…nothing is impossible” and she clearly demonstrated some of the obstacles she has overcome within business, through detailing to the audience her journey which started as a taxi driver around Portsmouth, led to creating a board game called Destination which was launched in Hamley’s toy store and became their top selling game! She then in her own words “lost it all” during the financial crisis in 2008 and Rachel went into great depth about her personal journey about how she overcame this and shared a fascinating story of courage and determination to ultimately succeed.
The evening concluded with refreshments and networking, over 100 people attended and many new business connections made. There was a great buzz within the Business School and many people stayed right until the end!
We had a lot of interest on our Innovation Space stand and as always, it was brilliant to meet lots of new people as well to see and catch up with lots of familiar faces!
A wonderful evening and celebration had by all.
Written by Sohaila Hosseini