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Cass celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

Business start-up centre puts Cass at forefront of UK entrepreneurship

Wednesday, 17 November, 2010

With the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (1521 Nov) underway in the UK, Cass is turning the spotlight on its own unique Centre for Entrepreneurship.

The Centre was set up thanks to the sustained and generous support of Peter Cullum, one of Cass' most successful entrepreneurs.  In line with the Global Entrepreneurship Week's view that Entrepreneurs are not born, they are made, Cass aims to help aspiring business leaders and owner managers of existing businesses to create, grow and scale successful enterprises.

The Centre offers highly practical development programmes for all stages of development.  This includes New Venture Creation, for start-ups and early stage companies, and, through a partnership with Your Business Your Future, the Better Business Programme and Foundations for Growth, which are designed specifically for owner managers of established companies looking to take their business to the next level.

Cass' entrepreneurs also have access to the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund, a new venture capital fund, providing start up and early stage financing for the most ambitious and innovative young companies.

The Centre places Cass at the forefront of UK entrepreneurship, and provides the opportunity for real business to be built within the walls of the business school.  Among the incubated and investee companies supported by the Centre are:

Alva: Run by Cass alumni, Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela and Richard Fleming, the business provides reputation analysis and reputational risk analysis to large organisations. The company received investment from the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund and some high profile angel investors in April 2010.

CalendarGod: Headed by Cass alumnus, Leon Crutchley, the business has been incubated at Cass since early 2010. CalendarGod is a new website combining events, calendars and geo-location functionality. The business has attracted seed funding from a number of business angels to date.

 Acculaw: Susan Cooper, a Cass alumna and participant on New Venture Creation course, launched her legal outsourcing business in November. Susan and her team are currently incubated at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Pownum: CEO Marty Carroll, a current EMBA student, created Pownum that lets people rate brands and organisations in 2010. Marty was a participant on the New Venture Creation course in June.

Avant Media: A student marketing company run by current Cass and City University students, Greg Drach and Theodore Larn Jones and currently incubated at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.

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