A new popup event at LSBU is helping students learn the benefits and techniques behind starting their own businesses, reports Sidney Stanford
Student, staff and alumni of London South Bank University joined forces to create a one day pop up market in the student union in partnership with the student enterprise team. The market contained multiple stalls and tables that were selling products and services created exclusively by people connected to the university.
This event is one of many as part of the nationwide ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ which is a week every year across the county that helps people find the benefits of entrepreneurship and how to get started in the world of business. The University is big on celebrating ‘GEW’ following last year’s announcement that LSBU is a leading university nationwide for entrepreneurship as well as being number one for employment prospects.
Carl Thomas is the man who brought this idea to life and ran the pop-up market at South Bank’s SU, and he was very keen to boast the large number of different products the students were selling at the market he put together. He said that: “we try to embed enterprise and skills set and an entrepreneurial mind set across the university.”
A former student himself, Thomas also told us that: “the GEW that has taken place over this past week across the whole country really showcases some of the entrepreneurial endeavours of a lot of the students and staff.”
The market sold a wide range of different products ranging from cosmetics, clothing and homeware essentials. This was not all the market had to offer as they also had stands promoting experiences, sports and charities such as Autism Awareness group ‘Care Trade’ offering a raffle with all proceeds being donated.