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For my final project, I created Studentees, a news website, and over the course of five weeks, I populated the website with multimedia news stories.

With Studentees, I wanted to celebrate student success stories. I interviewed, curated, and created around thirteen pieces of news stories. What made this project special is its unique student voice. I wanted to share these optimistic stories to capture the student journey at Teesside University and inspire more students to join Teesside.

The main highlight of the website is the Enterprise series. For this, I talked to various Teesside alumni who were part of Teesside’s launchpad initiative.

Studentees launched this series to celebrate some of the amazing independent businesses that are run by our former graduates at Teesside University. What makes this series special is the fact that all these independent businesses were initially supported by Teesside’s very own Launchpad initiative.

What is Launchpad?

Founded in 2015, Launchpad is a start-up business incubator for TU graduates and Students.

Launchpad offers a wide variety of support to build a strong entrepreneurial community at Teesside. From subsidised office spaces to mentoring, Launchpad is a one-stop-shop for all startup businesses.

Launchpad also offers grant funding up to £8000 with their 7- week accelerator scheme known as the Fuel programme which runs every year.

Over the last couple of years, Launchpad has produced some of the most viable start-ups in the country, with 143 still trading after 3 years. This is due to the extended support programme offered once the businesses leave the incubator. It is also estimated that the entrepreneurial activity generated by Launchpad, contributed an annual Gross Value Added (GVA) of £23.9 million to the Tees Valley economy in 2016/17.

Studentees talked to Lizzie Dixon, Enterprise Co-Ordinator of Launchpad.
she said: “Launchpad has been a huge success and we have helped hundreds of businesses to startup”

“It is important for those graduates who are interested in starting a business to join Launchpad as they will get the best support possible to help their business start-up in the initial stages and this support is all free to our graduates”.

If you are passionate about starting your own businesses and have an idea, apply for the start-up incubatory here.

Click on the images below to read about the amazing businesses that have been benefited from Launchpad and see the incredible people behind them.

Part I: TEESSIDE GRADUATE BECOMES A FASHION DESIGNER TO LEAVE A LEGACY FOR HER GRANDKIDS

Part II: TEESSIDE GRADUATE RUNS A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING

Part III: TEESSIDE GRADUATES HELP COMPANIES IMPROVE THEIR ONLINE PRESENCE WITH ANIMATED VIDEOS

 

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