GCU launches entrepreneur support hub

16 January 2015

GCU launches entrepreneur support hub

GCU launches entrepreneur support hub

An enterprise hub to grow the number of start-up businesses at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will be officially launched by the Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf MSP on Monday, January 19.

UHatch is a GCU initiative to help students, staff and alumni develop their entrepreneurial skills. It has already started working with 15 students and four businesses since it opened its doors in June 2014.

UHatch will provide budding entrepreneurs with access to specialised research, mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, collaborative workspace and support from the University as well as networking opportunities, nationally and internationally.

Mr Yousaf will hear from students and graduates including BA (Hons) Business Studies student Stephen Chalmers, whose company Altogether Travel Ltd offers tailored holidays to those who need round-the-clock care. Stephen is working with UHatch to grow and develop his business while completing his studies.

The event will include presentations from the Minister, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE, and the academic lead for UHatch, Professor Bruce Wood, and will be attended by students, alumni and senior business stakeholders.

Professor Gillies will highlight GCU’s ongoing commitment to its social mission as a University for the Common Good and partnership working with its stakeholders. Professor Wood will speak of the success and engagement of students so far, highlighting the social entrepreneurial mindset embedded in learning and teaching across the University.

GCU is the first Scottish university and only the second in the UK to be awarded Ashoka U Changemaker status, connecting GCU with a network of universities including Brown, Cornell, Duke and Johns Hopkins in the US, committed to using the power of education to drive positive social change and to develop the next generation of international social entrepreneurs.

The Minister for Europe and International Development Humza Yousaf MSP said:

“The launch of UHatch shows GCU’s commitment to ensuring all its students, graduates and staff have the resources they need to fulfil their potential.

“The Scottish Government is committed to Scotland CAN DO, our national statement of intent towards becoming a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation. Facilities such as UHatch help our enterprising people develop their entrepreneurial skills and gives them the opportunity to flourish.”