We hosted our ICE Event last week, which aimed to inspire creative and enterprising students across the University, by letting them know about the opportunities available to them. Whether they wanted to start their own business, become a fashion designer, photographer or illustrator – there was something there for everyone.
There were over 10 organisations in the exhibitor area supporting students and graduates looking to start a business including; Creative Leicestershire, Creative Enterprise Hub, The Prince’s Trust, IdeasTap, The Mighty Creatives and of course CEO . The exhibition area had a great atmosphere and students were well prepared and knew what they wanted to gain from the event. Alongside the exhibition students could attend exclusive workshops, allowing them to find out more about being self-employed or starting a business in the creative sector.
The event kicked off with keynote speaker and fashion stylist Kalee Hewlett. Kalee spoke about her journey from graduation to landing her first job as an assistant stylist.
Susi Henson, Design Director of Eternal Spirits a luxury corsetry and fashion brand spoke about how her business took off and some of the barriers she faced when creating a high end business.
Our Start-up Panel was the last session of the day and saw four DMU graduates and students share their experiences of starting up their own creative businesses. There was a wide range of questions being asked by the audience and feedback suggested it was a very inspiring session. We are looking forward to speaking with some of the students who attended in further detail about their business ideas.
It’s really important for students and graduates to find out about and access the support available to them and their business ideas. As well as accessing support through CEO students at DMU can get involved with the enterprise society WIRE DMU.
The students we spoke to during ICE have been following up their conversations already and we will be working with them further to help them kick start their idea. If you’re a student and DMU and want to know more about starting your own business or becoming self-employed, get in touch with us!