This programme is now closed. However, we can offer similar type of support through a number of other initiatives.
Please get in touch with us to discuss your needs.
Starting a business or social enterprise is simple. This programme offered events, advice and opportunities to test and grow a business from idea to start-up, through to the growth and maturity phase.
In addition, participants had access to the tools and coaching aimed to help budding entrepreneurs to start their own business or social enterprise.
This FREE programme, part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the national Pathways4Recovery initiative, was open to economically inactive individuals and those that are unemployed (not working).
- Individuals who are 18+ years old
- Individuals currently unemployed
- UK residents or legally authorised to work in the UK
- Live in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes or Northamptonshire
|10:30am – 11:00am||Registration, Tea, Coffee and Pastries|
|11:00am – 11:05am||Opening Remarks , Chris Fox (pathways4Recovery Project Lead)|
|11:05am – 11:30am||
Keynote Presentation: “Entrepreneurship as a tool for Economic Empowerment”
Delivered by Debbie Lewis, Regional Ecosystem Manager at NatWest Business
|11:35am – 12:00pm||
|12:00pm – 12:10pm||Networking / Break|
|12:10pm – 12:40pm||
Moderated by Dr Winifred Soribe, Entrepreneur in Residence and Associate Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.
|12:40pm - 12:50pm||Networking / Break – Drinks available|
|12:50pm - 1:20pm||
Panel discussion: “How can Universities be Incubators of Innovation”
Moderated by Dr Mohamed Saeudy, Research Director and Senior Lecturer, School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Bedfordshire.
|1:20pm – 1:25pm||Announcement of winners, pitch competition|
|1:25pm - 1:30pm||Closing remarks|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||LUNCH AND NETWORKING|
OUR ENTREPRENEURS ALSO SHOWCASED THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES DURING THE DAY
WINNERS of the Pitch Competition:
1st Place - Melissa Mason, an author and self-publisher of children's books. She won a one-year membership to the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.
2nd Place - Andy Kirtland, an alumnus of the University of Bedfordshire and the founder of Neurodiversity Inspire. He won Amazon vouchers as his prize.
Sadia Hussain, DWP Self-Employment Luton, said: "Brilliant event [yesterday], very informative and insightful."
Melissa Mason said:
"Registering for Pathways4Recovery was a pivotal step for me in pursuing my entrepreneurial dreams and receiving valuable support in establishing my own business and building my brand.
Participating in this program has not only instilled self-belief in me but also provided me with a unique opportunity to pitch my ideas to a panel of judges during the Entrepreneurship Event — an experience I had never had before. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity and the confidence it has given me to take bold strides in my entrepreneurial journey."
Andy Kirtland said:
"Attending the pathways recovery programme has provided me with a greater understanding of entrepreneurship. The workshops were very well detailed and participating in the Entrepreneurship Showcase Event 2023 whilst pitching my business ideas and coming a close second has given me extra confidence, especially when people like my ideas and there is certainly a gap in the market for it."