Green Gown Awards 2016 Enterprise and Employability Royal Agricultural University Winner

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Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme

The Royal Agricultural University Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme endeavours to create awareness of enterprise by providing inspiration and support to enable students to progress their ideas to reality.  Our programme nurtures students throughout the start-up journey via our “Think It, Try It, Launch It, Grow It” delivery model.  This approach ensures we provide the right support at the right time for our student entrepreneurs who are embarking upon this exciting but often daunting journey. 

The Programme has embraced sustainability, both social and environmental, offering students opportunities to put such theories as corporate sustainability and ethical leadership into practice.  The Programme also requires students to consider the environmental impact of their business practices and to justify them at key points during the programme.  Hopefully, this will embed strong awareness of sustainability and the impact their business may have on the world around them as they grow in the future.

Top 3 learnings

1 Comparatively small changes or “tweaks” at the outset affect long-term, sustainable business practices and create more successful outcomes

2 Involving the wider University community in the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme has delivered additional networking and institutional benefits

3 Similarly, involving the local community in the University’s sustainable Green practices and innovations has encouraged enterprise both internally and externally. e.g. our E4 Enterprise Ecosystem Youth Market in Cirencester, in conjunction with Cirencester Town Council.

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