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Meeting Global Challenges: Science Means Business

A Powerful Mix

When STEM (Science . Technology . Engineering . Maths) meets commerce a powerful combination results. Global challenges are solved, opportunities are created, creativity and ideas bring innovation.

A large science consortium recognised the importance and relevance of enterprise and entrepreneurship skills to their scientist members and approached Elaine for her help. Following multi-stakeholder consultations and recommendations from Elaine, she was engaged by the client. Her brief to design and deliver an interactive, blended entrepreneurship and enterprise programme.

Walking In Their Shoes

Often scientists do not see themselves as commercial individuals. Plus they may not recognise that many of the skills they develop in order to succeed in science are transferrable to a business context.  In addition, entrepreneurship is not solely a path to building your own business; it is a mindset which can help build careers and bring social change.

Drawing on her own experience of going from industrial chemist to business woman; of moving from corporate to business owner, Elaine created a bespoke four-month programme for her client.

Learning For All

As the participants came from multi-disciplinary backgrounds and had differing levels of commercial experience, Elaine designed the programme to be accessible to all.  Enabling each individual to have their own personal, relevant learning experience.

Participants Have Their Say

Participants were asked for their feedback.

Here are some of their comments...

My understanding of business & entrepreneurship has greatly shifted & I feel considerably more confident 

I never had business training before and learned so much

Following the programme I will explore topics / projects by communicating & discussing more often

To be an entrepreneur you don’t always have to be the evil capitalist. It’s not just about money and profit

I was struggling with the creative process. Learning about adopting a different mindset will help me!

Taking part in the programme has shown me I could be good at this business thing

I now realise that everyone can’t be serious all the time

I am going to put more focus upon networking and continuing current relationships going forward




Working With Elaine

Thanks again for putting together an excellent programme. Participants definitely enjoyed it and learned a great deal from the experience.   Executive Director

The programme was informative and helpful. Elaine was fantastic. She really made the whole thing engaging and enjoyable. Participant






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