Boosting student entrepreneurship in Cambridge

​Cambridge Venture Camp is an annual event where students get the opportunity to develop their business ideas under the guidance of experts. The two-week camp began in Finland at the beginning of November and next week the students traveled to Cambridge, UK. The camp will continue at Anglia Ruskin, a university boasting world-class funding and entrepreneurship networks and top mentors.

Cambridge Venture Camps have been organised since 2007. In recent years, the camp has been organised by Laurea Entrepreneurship Society (LaureaES). LaureaES is a society for Laurea students and alumni which aims at supporting new businesses and inspiring students to pursue entrepreneurship.

Participants from four universities of applied sciences

A total of 20 promising business ideas have been selected for the venture camp based on applications. The participants include 27 students from four different universities of applied sciences: Laurea, Häme, Lahti and Kymenlaakso.

“The range of ideas is vast and covers services, products and social entrepreneurship alike.  Versatility is an asset at Venture Camp and we're glad to see that the participants represent several different disciplines”, says Eerik Rusanen, the chairman of LaureaES.

During the week in Finland, the participants have polished their business ideas and worked on business plans, go-to-market plans and product development. In addition to members of LaureaES, lecturers and mentors have included many other experts, entrepreneurs, and participants from previous camps. Among them are Alan Barrell, Professor and Entrepreneur in Residence from the UK, serial entrepreneur Ilkka O. Lavas, and student Alejandro Santacreu from Laurea, whose PuzzlePhone smartphone project picked up wind at one of the Cambridge Venture Camp events.

“The goal of the first week has been to prepare and coach students so that they will be able to make the most of the week in Cambridge. We have practised performing and pitching ideas and built students' confidence so that they will be able to present their business ideas in a credible manner”, Eerik Rusanen says.

The camp will continue in Cambridge on 30 November and last until 5 December. The participants will be welcomed by a group of top entrepreneurs, experts and mentors.

Skills, courage and the right attitude

Cambridge Venture Camp is part of the entrepreneurship activities of Laurea University of Applied Sciences. The purpose of the activities is to develop students' skills, courage and attitude in a versatile manner.

“Laurea provides students with excellent entrepreneurship skills and our students annually establish around 30 businesses. Our goal is to create good student businesses and thus develop the competitiveness of the entire Uusimaa region”, says Krista Keränen, Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, International Business from Laurea.

Modified 1/7/2016 11:00 AM

​LaureaES' Riina Rupponen, Johanna Varje, Eerik Rusanen and Samuel Muuronen organized the first week of Cambridge Venture Camp in Finland.