Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Launchpad for Business Success; Postgraduate Students at London South Bank University Benefit from a Comprehensive Package of Enterprise and Support

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Launchpad for Business Success; Postgraduate Students at London South Bank University Benefit from a Comprehensive Package of Enterprise and Support

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

HAVING worked in the charity sector for more than six years, Lianne Howard-Dace chose to study a Management in Civil Society MSc at London South Bank University (LSBU) because she wanted an industry-recognised qualification and a practical way to develop her career.

While studying, she had the idea to start a business that promotes ethical brands and supports other social enterprises. That idea is now This GOOD Box, a subscription box service that delivers quality ethically sourced products straight to the customer's door. "I'm passionate about making it easy and fun for people to discover amazing ethical products and that's what This GOOD Box is all about," says Howard-Dace . "It's really exciting to be at this stage, getting new customers and developing the products."

Howard-Dace is taking her social enterprise to the next level through LSBU Rocket, an intensive six-month business accelerator scheme that provides LSBU students and graduates with mentoring and guidance from industry experts, seed funding and office space at the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation.

"The mixture of workshops and oneto-one support through Rocket has really helped me get This GOOD Box off the ground," she says. "The Student Enterprise team has been extremely supportive, helping me access some great opportunities and the office space is really helpful."

CULTURE OF ENTERPRISE Howard-Dace is one of many entrepreneurs who have received valuable help from the support services available from Student Enterprise at LSBU.

Linsey Cole, head of the entrepreneurship and innovation institute at the university, says: "This year, we have already supported 60 new ventures. This strengthens the culture of enterprise and innovation at LSBU and creates an exciting, dynamic learning environment where students are encouraged to think differently and come up with solutions and ideas.

"This start-up culture benefits all of our 4,200 postgraduate students, as entrepreneurialism is part of the curriculum -- whether that's networking, leadership or influencing. Students are also engaged through talks, one-to-one sessions, workshops and start-up schemes. …

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