Alumni talk business experience – Start Up Stories event

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Last year, the Enterprise Team on campus masterminded Start Up Stories. The event was to serve as an environment where students and alumni could share their ideas and experiences and learn from one another. In Global Entrepreneurship Week last year, the first Start Up Stories took place. Alumni from across the globe began getting in touch, expressing their interest in coming back to Lancaster to share their stories and hear from students. Once the Enterprise Team secured funding from the Alumni Friends Fund, it was decided events would be held in March, June and November 2015. The next event will take place on the 11th June, in the Brandrigg Room in Cartmel College, from 6-9pm.

At the March event, LUMS Marketing graduate Gian Fulgoni, who enjoyed career success in market research companies prior to the creation of his own business comScore, a global leader in digital media analytics. Gian told the story of growing two companies in the USA and taking them public with a combined market value of $3.5 billion. Fulgoni said of the event, “I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for Lancaster. Lancaster gave me the marketing knowledge and credentials that led me to being to be offered a job by a US market research company that brought me to the US. Everything then followed. Anything is possible if you work really, really hard and have a great team with you. Do something which you think your skills give you a competitive advantage. Hire people who are smarter than you.”

Amanda Brooks of the Enterprise Team said, “This has been a popular series of events for the both students and alumni. It was an easy and informal event and we are grateful to our narrators who captured and shared the essence of what it is to be an entrepreneur. This event is for future employees, managers and entrepreneurs. The lessons learned benefit everyone. The audience has grown event on event and we are excited about where this format can go in the future.”

Booking is open now for the next event on Thursday Week 8 via Target Connect. Book early to avoid missing out. If you would like to get involved in future events as a volunteer please get in touch with enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk.