Entrepreneurial festival MADE celebrates and inspires entrepreneurs from around the world.

MADE Brand New LogoThis year, University of Sheffield Enterprise supported the hugely successful MADE Entrepreneurs’ festival by holding a special fringe event, MADE: Brand New on Friday 21 September at the University’s Halifax conference centre.

MADE: Brand New, a conference organised by students, for students, celebrated entrepreneurship at all stages: the new, the developing, and the still learning. Our students worked with others from Sheffield schools, colleges, and universities who presented their own enterprising projects and student-led businesses, participated in workshops, and engaged in activities designed to get them to think beyond the traditional image of enterprise.

During the event, activities and presentations worked within several key themes of entrepreneurial activity: finance, community engagement, creativity, and marketing. Students from the universities and colleges presented their own business ventures, while pupils of Sheffield’s schools showcased BiG Challenge entries, school projects, and school ventures.

The morning session of MADE: Brand New saw the launch of the BiG Challenge 6, led by David Grey MBE, Chair of BiG Challenge Steering Group and attended by special guest entrepreneur Oli Barrett, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Keith Burnett and Cllr Jackie Drayton.

Now in its 6th year, the BiG Challenge sees pupils from secondary schools across Sheffield form a team, identify a business opportunity and use a £25 start-up fund to make a profit, learn about business (and about themselves) and have fun... Have fun making money!

MADE: Brand New recognises and celebrates what can be done with just a little encouragement by students of all ages in Sheffield. It also shows what can be learnt by working with other educational establishments. Each school embeds enterprise in different ways, and there is much that can be learnt from sharing the skills and experiences of different groups across the education sector.

Through participating in our event we hope students will not only have built on their enterprise and communication skills, but will also have been encouraged to talk more about their ideas, consider the wider options for their futures, and now have the confidence to make their ideas happen.

If you require further information please see our website or email us at enterprise@shef.ac.uk