Business bus stops off at GCU

05 November 2012

Business bus stops off at GCU

Jim Duffy will be one of the advisors

Budding entrepreneurs can pitch their business ideas and get free advice when the StartUp Britain bus comes to Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) this week (Tuesday 6 November).

Entrepreneurs, mentors, business experts and peers will be on board the double-decker to inspire and help entrepreneurs to turn their plans into reality.

Advisors will include Jim Duffy of Entrepreneurial Spark, a Glasgow-based, not-for-profit company that aims to help start-ups through their early years.

Once students board the bus they can:

  • Apply for a Start-Up Loan
  • Claim their free domain name
  • Meet local business advisers and entrepreneurs
  • Brainstorm their business ideas with peers
  • Meet StartUp Britain sponsors
  • Read entrepreneurial books in the lounge area
  • Collect goodie bags, which include a free Start-Up Loans Kit
  • Fill out a tour survey and be in for a chance to win one of four Dell laptops

The bus, which has Wi-Fi, is open plan and is kitted out with computers and seating areas.

GCU is the only university stop in Glasgow during the bus tour of 40 universities and further education colleges all over the UK.

Professor Bruce Wood, Professor Design Innovation and Director, Centre for Creative Industries at GCU, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to find out about starting up a business. They will receive expert, straightforward advice from representatives of 10 UK-wide agencies and support organisations.”

The bus will be at GCU from 9am-12noon on Tuesday 6 November, before going on to Stow College and the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh.