Posted on | March 16, 2009 | 4 Comments
I have recently learnt that only 4% of Sussex graduates choose entrepreneurship as a career path after their degrees. This number for instance is higher than Kent University, which produces 3% graduate entrepreneurs. Although more can be done at Sussex to support entrepreneurship. This is when I decided to develop a group to encourage Sussex graduates and Alumni to look at entrepreneurship seriously and formed SUE – Sussex University Entrepreneurs.
On talking to an expert on Sussex University spin out businesses I realised that apart from mainstream VCs (Venture Capitalists) and Business Angels funds, start-ups here also require basic business development support. I’m aware many universities like Manchester Metropolitan provide these in their innovation centres.
Sussex: World leading research university
Sussex University has a fantastic track record with over 90% of Sussex research activity is rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognise. 18 subjects at Sussex rank in the top 20 in the UK, across the arts, sciences and social sciences, with the American Studies department rated number 1 in the UK, Politics rated at number 2 in the UK and Art History at number 3.
Given the brilliance in academics and Sussex student union’s activities I think it has the potential to be a top UK enterprising university.
We want to grow SUE and get more people involved. We are interested in speaking with business development organisations, Business Angels and Venture Capitalists who are interested in investing in technology or innovative start-ups in the Sussex area. Add us to your Twitter account @SUE_raj and DM us.