On Friday 2nd December, students from the CEES MSc Enterprise programme were invited to end a busy first semester, get out into the city, and visit local enterprises in Leeds.
The first business was Brawl Agency; a marketing agency in Headingley. The group met with co-founder Mike who talked about his entrepreneurial journey and experiences. The students were also shown where the Brawl team work including the studio where their TV commercials are edited, and online films made.
Following the visit to Brawl, CEES staff and students took a short taxi ride into Leeds city centre to Bundobust – an Indian street food restaurant, where they received a talk by Bobby Patel, the founder (and graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme) via Skype, and enjoyed the delicious food!
The visits (and the food!) were a hit with the students…
“It was really insightful, Mike’s account of his journey at Brawl resonated so strongly with much of the Enterprise Awareness module and Bobby’s story of Bundobust obviously had lots of learning for those present, as well as the delicious food!” Oli Burbage-Hall, MSc Enterprise
“I believe all of the students that joined this event had a positive experience because we got inspiring life story from the real entrepreneur. It’s really interesting when you can compare the theory that you’ve learnt in class with the real situation.
Furthermore, by visiting the companies, not only did we hear their entrepreneurial story, but also how they handle threats as well as face the challenges of running a business, and the process of producing their products and services. For example in Brawl, the co founder allowed us to see the process of making digital advertisement as well as seeing the office environment.
Occasions like this also allow us to have good conversations with our program director, the lecturers, and the entrepreneurs…with really good food” Atika Rahmadhani, MSc Enterprise.