University of Buckingham2020-09-08T17:41:58+01:00

it’s YOU who makes the difference

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BSc Business Enterprise
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At BEIU our mission is to deliver leading enterprise education combining academic theory with real world experience, expand our entrepreneurial reach beyond the university environment and encourage entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds.

our students

At BEIU our students are our top priority, as part of University which consistently comes in the top of the national student survey. We are proud to promote our diverse range of students on our programmes.

Oliver Steele

Joined in January 2018

Oliver is a loud, honest and funny person.

He is from Blackpool and loves MMA and E-sports.

Oliver and Michaela have a passion for baking cakes and found out that the market was niche in Buckingham and decided to explore that area.

An achievement about Oliver is the fact that he is currently at the university. He describes that as a “huge” win for him.

Oliver’s favourite thing about the department is the teaching style. He describes it as being Scandinavian.

A fun fact about Oliver is that he is undefeated in his MMA weight category.

Albert Johnson

Joined in January 2019

Chan Kallyanwattey

Joined in September 2019

Safiya Sani-Omolori

Joined in September 2018

Safiya is pretty animated and loud when she feels comfortable.

She is from Nigeria and likes to cook, watch anime and study.

Safiya came up with her business idea alongside Aishatu as she also could not find an African hair product suitable for herself, so decided to make one for people like herself.

An achievement she is proud of is getting the most amount of funds on the pitch day held at the University of Buckingham.

Safiya’s favourite thing about the BEIU department is how friendly everyone is.

A fun fact about her is that she is very adventurous.

Michaela Dema

Joined in January 2019

Michaela describes herself as being extraordinary.

She is from Switzerland and she loves to bake, take Polaroid photos and travel.

She came up with her business idea by combining team members’ strength to create a sustainable product.

An achievement she is most proud of is having organised and promoted her first photography exhibition.

Michaela’s favourite thing about the BEIU department is the community it provides.

A fun fact about Michaela is that before she had her tonsils removed she could impersonate Donald duck. Now they have been removed, she can impersonate Pingu from the Pingu show.

Balaza Varga

Student

Balazs would describe himself as someone who is youthful, loves doing fun things and ambitious and committed. He is from Hungary and his hobbies are football, swimming, going to the gym, running and hiking.

Balazs came up with his business idea when he discovered an opportunity to export a Hungarian product across Europe.

An achievement Balazs is really proud of is coming to the UK to study in a new language. The thing he loves about the BEIU department is that it is like a family, very supportive and accessible.

A fun fact about Balazs is that he always sings and dances in a car!

Hugo Cousin

Joined in September 2019

Husein Valiev

Joined in September 2018

Aisha Nwanko

Joined in January 2019

Aishatu describes herself as a calm, cheerful and playful individual. Aisha is from Nigeria and her hobbies are walking, cooking and reading.

Aisha came up with her business idea because she could not find an African hair product suitable for her hair and she knew that there were others out there looking for the same thing, so she decided to make one!

An achievement Aisha is extremely proud of is being able to manage the competing demands of university study and family life. Her favorite thing about the BEIU department is being able to learn new skills that can be applied in real life scenarios.

Christabel Kunuyi

Joined in September 2018

Dylan Cartmer

Joined in January 2019

Dylan is a well meaning, lucky and confident person.

He is from Australia and England and his hobbies are ice hockey and kung Fu.

An achievement he is really proud of is pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Buckingham. His favourite thing about the BEIU department is the freedom and creativity that is allowed.

A fun fact about Dylan is that he did not go to school until he was 12 years old.

Olusegun Olagbaju

Joined in January 2020

Michael McGirr

Joined in January 2019

Natalia Harris

Joined in September 2018

Natalia would describe herself as someone who is energetic.

She is from Oxford and half Spanish.

She came up with her business idea having been introduced to the product by her business partner, and thought there was potential for it to reach new markets.

She was first introduced to business through her family, however her understanding and experience were fully realised at the University of Buckingham

She describes the course as extremely dynamic and hands on, where there isn’t a moment of boredom.

She refers to people on the course as extroverted, friendly eccentric and hardworking.

Natalia’s favorite thing about the department is how inviting and friendly the atmosphere is and staff constantly offer their support and advice.

Sam Adefule

Joined in January 2019

Olawaseyi would describe himself as someone who is run and really awesome!

He is from Ireland and he loves to go to the gym.  Olawaseyi came up with the idea of his business by finding the right business partner.

An achievement he is really proud of is that he can deadlift 180kg!

Olaweseyi’s favourite thing about the department is FREE SKITTLES.

A fun fact about Olawaseyi is that you can never see him angry.

Ryan Bernhardt

Joined in September 2019

Jonny Zimmerman

Joined in January 2019

Jonathan is a fun and hardworking person.

He is from Derbyshire and his hobbies are rock climbing.

He came up with the idea of his business by talking to a lot of people and finding out what their problems are and then creating a solution.

An achievement he is really proud of is climbing a 7 A lead.

Jonathan’s favourite thing about the BEIU department is that members of staff always make time for you, especially Katie.

A fun fact about Jonathan is that he worked at Poundland.

Seyed Shayan Amin

Joined in September 2019

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our success stories

BEIU graduates have utilised the entrepreneurial skills and enterprise education they have gained during their studies to pursue exciting and varied career paths; BEIU graduates have founded their own businesses, joined family businesses to contribute their new knowledge, progressed to postgraduate study and won international posts with exciting corporate employers.

To hear from some of our past students we run a weekly podcast talking to former students and entrepreneurs.

Podcast Page

Maliha Anis Matta

Graduated from Business Enterprise in 2016

Having graduated from the BSc Business Enterprise programme Maliha returned to Indonesia to work with her family’s business where she worked with the CEO to expand the company’s portfolio. After a year Maliha founded her own business, EVRA Scarves, selling curated Turkish scarves. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in New Ventures Innovation at Prasetiya Mulya Business School, Jakarta, which includes the development of a F and B brand as part of the degree.

Nadia Sylvester

Graduated in Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice in 2019

The course gave me structure and guidance in doing things differently, such as how to formulate a written business plan and then implement with the help of academic theories and research. I learned that everyone has the capability to gain a degree, but to implement your ideas and find your inner strength; these are our ultimate personal challenges. Even though I didn’t feel wholly comfortable in academia, I managed somehow to overcome my doubts, butterflies in my stomach, and push through.

Marc Muzuva

Graduated from Business Enterprise in 2017 and Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice in 2018

After completing both the BBE and MECP course programmes, I was determined to work my way up the corporate ladder in a consultancy firm. However after careful consideration, I decided to turn down the job offer I had got in London and work full-time on a lifestyle business my wife and I had been running for a few years. WaterLily & Co is now working with Local Authorities & Universities creating bespoke training solutions to help Social Workers engage children & young people better. Since embarking on this journey, my efforts as Operations Director have yielded exponential results that would not have been possible had I not taken the leap of faith.

Paula Mugisa

Graduated Business Enterprise in 2016

I founded a small business called Teesa Advisory Services almost 2 Years ago.Teesa Advisory Services is a non-traditional management consultancy firm for micro, small, and medium enterprises in Uganda. We partner with businesses to: strategize, plan, coordinate and implement short and long term business activities to streamline and catapult business growth in a broad number of areas such as: customer acquisition, recruitment, operations assessments, development of business systems and procedures, marketing and promotion, financial and progress reporting, market entry strategies, etc. We have aggregated all of the strategies, tools and networks that we have accumulated over time, and that we have used to successfully help businesses along a steep trajectory of growth – into online courses that are jam packed with practical and actionable value that we want to share with entrepreneurs across the region.

Paula recently interviewed Professor Nigel Adams to discuss his best advice for young entrepreneurs.

Matt Gadsby

Graduated MSc Entrepreneurial Consultancy in Practice in 2019

Chris Constantinides

Graduated from Business Enterprise in 2015

After graduating from the Business Enterprise program in 2015, Chris returned to work in Dubai and Oman as a business development and marketing executive. Chris currently works as an operations consultant in Dubai for an energy-saving and smart IoT company called Green Optima. He has successfully designed and implemented new business models; change management and go to market sales strategies which have had a profound impact on the companies bottom line.

“The Business Enterprise Program gave me the ability to think practically and apply business theory to the real business world, it has been an essential foundation and learning accelerator in the evolving global business ecosystem”

Rafi Peters

Graduated Business Enterprise in 2018

Rafi Peters joined UoB from Oxford joining the BSc Business Enterprise degree. Rafi, with fellow students Beth and Jack, started his own business whilst studying for his degree as part of his degree. Speaking about his experiences starting a business he said he uses the lessons he learned through the process to this day in his professional life as Commercial Director for Oxford International College.

To find out more about Rafi you can listen to his interview as part of our podcast series

Sean Ruane

Graduated Business Enterprise in 2017

Since leaving Buckingham I joined two co-founders who had created an HR tech start up some months before. Since joining back in January 2017, we have raised nearly £3M from both Angel and Venture Capital investors, have an Annual Recurring Revenue of £2m and I feel privileged to head up a now global Customer Success team.

Andreas Hampel

Graduated from Business Enterprise in 2009

Andreas graduated from the BSc Business Enterprise programme in 2009. During his degree he founded and directed his internationally operating event management organisation, focused on networking events, as part his Business Enterprise degree.

From 2009 to 2012 Andreas worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley in London, Frankfurt and Dubai, focusing on deal execution in Western Europe, CEE and the Middle East. Andreas then made the move into freelance business consulting in the fields of business plan development and financial models before joining Deloitte Austria in 2013 as Senior Manager in the Corporate Finance department, focusing on M&A transactions, Debt Advisory and financial restructurings.

Jordan Amadi-Myers

GRADUATED FROM BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IN 2019

Jordan Amadi-Myers joined UoB from London to take on the BSc Business Enterprise degree. Jordan joined forces with two of his fellow students to form their business DistaterMaster putting together survival essentials kits for those bracing themselves for Brexit! Jordon developed his love of marketing through the Introduction to Marketing module with the help of his favourite lecturer Anne Hampton. As you can imagine, true to his love of Marketing inspired by Anne, Jordan is working in communications for London City Mission alongside being an independent MOBO nominated musician and an active member promoting education within his community.

To find out more about Jordan you can listen to his interview as part of our PODCAST SERIES

Abi Owolabi

Graduated from Business Enterprise in 2016 and Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice in 2018

After Abi successfully completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with the University of Buckingham she applied for a South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) grant to develop her business Blacwxlf, a gender-neutral clothing brand she had started during her time on the MSc Entrepreneurial Consultancy and Practice programme. Abi was then invited to apply for the Centre for Entrepreneurs’ New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme (NEF) with this business idea. As part of her participation on NEF, she was offered a role as a Strategy Analyst with Flutter entertainment, a gaming and betting group. She has had the opportunity to lead on a number of projects since joining the group; taking on varied key responsibilities from providing insights into market and competitor movements to devising strategies for new market entry.

Matthew Campbell

Graduated Business Enterprise in 2017

To find out more about Matthew you can listen to his interview as part of our podcast series

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Opening its door in November 2018 the Vinson Building has two floors dedicated to the Enterprise Hub, providing an incubator space for start-up ventures and a work area for students, and their businesses, to thrive.

The ground floor of the Enterprise Hub offers a computer work area for Business Enterprise students and the first floor is a large open plan space, equipped with all the essentials – whiteboards, storage space and beanbags and it is the perfect space for hosting talks and seminars.

In partnership with Buckinghamshire Business First, the Enterprise Hub is open to local businesses as a hot-desking facility, providing a flexible, temporary workspace to allow businesses to grow, collaborate and build broader connections with other professionals using the co-working space.

The Buckingham Enterprise Hub is a different kind of work environment, combining learning space with business space. This unique blend may help you rethink your business and inspire you to change the way you do things.

our people

The BEIU team members are here to support the BSc Business Enterprise students and foster the BEIU and Enterprise Hub ethos working from years of industry experience and academic expertise.

Nigel Adams

Director of BEIU

Nigel is a Professor & the first Director of the Buckingham Enterprise & Innovation Unit (http://www.beiu.co.uk) part of the Vinson Centre (http://www.vinsoncentre.com) at the University of Buckingham.

Nigel is an experienced international business adviser with more than 40 years experience in business, enterprise, management, marketing & counter-trade. He was based in Poland from 1993 until 2002, working on Polish state company restructuring projects as a British Government Know How Fund Management Adviser.

Nigel is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) & a Chartered Marketer. 

Dean Jones

Partnerships and Outreach Manager

Katie Jones

Executive Administrator

our partners

BEIU works with a range of partners to enhance the experience of everyone who interacts with us. We are very proud of the partners we work with as we believe we have the same aligned vision of bringing an enterprising and entrepreneurial mindset to all.

Peter Jones Foundation Enterprise

BEIU and the Peter Jones Foundation work together to bring EntFest, a unique celebration of enterprise and entrepreneurship, to the University of Buckingham. The festival boasts an exciting agenda with opportunities for your students to meet and learn from some of the UK’s best known entrepreneurs and business leaders alongside panel debates, competitions and skills-based workshops.

Buckinghamshire Business First

BEIU and Buckingham Business First offer members a space for co-working in the heart of the University of Buckingham. The hot desks are shared between Buckinghamshire Business First Members and student entrepreneurs from across the University. The space develops the relationship between the resources and knowledge of the University with the local business community.

Natwest

We are linked with the Natwest Accelerator in Milton Keynes to provide support to their businesses and allow them access to the University eco-system. The accelerator links in with a lot of our postgraduate work often providing mentors and projects for postgraduate students.

Young Enterprise

We work with Young Enterprise to help build entrepreneurial capability within schools across the UK in particular within the South Central Region of which we have hosted the regional finals in both 2018 and 2019. We are always thrilled to host Young Enterprise as they help some of the best young entrepreneurs in the country make the first steps to running their own businesses.

Enterprise Educators UK

The University of Buckingham is an active member of Enterprise Educators UK, the national network for supporting and developing enterprise education.

Centre for Entrepreneurs

BEIU is a member of the Centre for Entrepreneurs Incubator and Accelerator Network (IAN) that connects and represents Britain’s leading business growth programmes. Members include universities, corporate, commercial and non-profit incubators across the UK.

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