More than 700 local business owners, students and academics registered for the three-day BU Festival of Enterprise 2016 held at the Talbot Campus, which reached out to both established and emerging businesses from the regional business community.

Our Business Consultancy pop-up shop provided one-to-one business advice opportunities, as well as business innovation workshops – covering online marketing, cyber security, and business law across a range of topics.

The Game Changer event, jointly produced by BU and the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), saw an opportunity to build and renew networking relationships across the region – including input from charitable organisations, government, and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

That’s The Way To Do It 2, an event produced by Think Create Do as part of the FoE, brought together a varied group of local digital economy businesses and entrepreneurs, offering an insight into emerging digital business models.

The festival also hosted the UK premiere film screening of She Started It, a documentary film looking at young female entrepreneurs creating new tech start-ups. A follow-up Q&A session with Matt Desmier of Think Create Do resulted in discussions relating to raising finance and improving opportunities for women in the digital economy.

“The popularity of the event was a fantastic result that demonstrates the strength of interest in sharing and networking across our regional business community.”

BU Senior Academic and Organiser, Keith Pretty

Find out more about 2016’s events