A recent independent report by EKOS found:
• The estimated potential return on investment of the NW Enterprise Champions project 6:1
• Net additional GVA of £6,415,950
• and 176 gross new businesses & 50 net additional jobs
Stimulating enterprise and entrepreneurship across our higher education institutions is now seen by many governments as fundamental to driving economic success and social cohesion. The European Union promotes the 'fostering of entrepreneurial mindsets' for all young people. In the UK, the government and devolved administrations encourage and support increases in the scale and diversity of students and graduates taking up entrepreneurial opportunities.
The HE Enterprise Champions Project in the North West Region of England is supported by the NWDA, financed by EU funding and is managed by NCEE in partnership with NWUA. The project first started in 2008. The Phase 2 project runs from 2010 to 2013.
Project awards were provided to 10 institutions in Phase One. 8 institutions from the North West region are engaged in Phase 2. The project supports the creation of a Senior-Level Enterprise Champion who will act as a catalyst for change across the campus. The participating institutions are:
The NW HE Enterprise Champions Project plays a strategic and practical role in enabling HEIs to:
Overall this project will deliver 296 new graduate start-ups; 313 new jobs; and 761 students and graduates assisted with converting their entrepreneurial aspirations into tangible outcomes.
Additionally and more broadly:
North West HE Enterprise Champions Project