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Queen Margaret University launches ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs Exhibition’

Posted: 15th June 2017

A new month-long public exhibition showcasing over 25 of QMU’s ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ will be launched on campus today – Thursday 15th June.

QMU is committed to enterprise and innovation. The University’s ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ exhibition celebrates the pivotal role entrepreneurship plays in enhancing the QMU student experience and delivering research impact.

The University is playing a leading role in challenging the contours of entrepreneurship and the evolution of inspiring entrepreneurs from business, creative, social and service innovation perspectives.

Within QMU, entrepreneurship prepares students and graduates for a variety of career and life experiences. Being an entrepreneur may mean starting a business or working as an intrapreneur in an existing business, incorporating management styles that integrate risk taking and innovative business solutions.

QMU’s academic programmes are designed to support students to identify and analyse new opportunities, to think creatively, and to be action oriented in order to seize opportunities that add real value to their employability. These skills are important in all types of organisations, from small start-ups to large corporate settings to large public sector organisations like the NHS.

Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of QMU, said: “This new exhibition helps to showcase just some of the entrepreneurial talent already in action around the University, as well as inspire others both within QMU and beyond. Everyone who’s participated in the exhibition has creatively demonstrated that entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset of how we can all approach problems and proposes solutions.

“A major driver within QMU is the development and sustainability of a changing culture that supports the capacity of the University’s staff and students to be entrepreneurial in a variety of contexts, including business, creative, social and service innovation perspectives.”

East Lothian Council Business Gateway is a key partner in QMU’s own entrepreneurial journey. This innovative partnership exemplifies QMU’s commitment to supporting the development of SMEs and to assisting entrepreneurial students and graduates considering setting up their own businesses. Five years since the launch of the service, QMU is incredibly proud to still be the only Scottish University with an on-campus Business Gateway. The University is also very proud that in the past two years alone we have created 16 QMU graduate start ups.

QMU worked with photographer and QMU third year BA (Hons) Media student, Taja Strle, in the curation of this exhibition. At QMU, both the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum combines theory and practice, providing students with the opportunity to think up great ideas, turn them into business plans, and deliver on new technologies, products, and services. The photographs used in the exhibition formed part of Taja’s Photography Practice Module project.

For more information about business support and entrepreneurship opportunities at QMU, email Vivian Rutherford, Research and Knowledge Exchange Officer at QMU, E:

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