By Pauline Keuzekamp

While some of you have been partying non-stop over the last few weeks and have been getting stuck into your course, others have also been organising and building their sports teams and societies.

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE UWE) is one of those societies that has definitely been working hard to provide a great first month for its members and project beneficiaries. SIFE UWE is a social enterprise organisation that brings together a diverse network of university students, academics, and professionals.

By working towards a shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business, SIFE UWE is successfully working towards changing Bristol and the World for the better, whilst developing its student members skill set.

The last month has seen SIFE UWE hold an array of socials, training events, project development workshops, and topic forums. Our main event ‘Project October’ was a series of workshops aimed at developing project ideas based on solutions that were derived from a ‘Needs Analysis’ workshop held in week 1 of October.

During the Needs Analysis workshop new and existing members conducted a need analysis into communities within Bristol, the UK, and the wider World. The ideas underwent a project planning process leading to a ‘Dragons Den’ style-pitching event to Bristol Business professionals in the ‘Project Den’ workshop.

The best projects from Project Den then had the opportunity to travel up to London on 4th November to present their projects to a panel of SIFE Alumni at the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) office. The trip was a great success and the project leaders and members gained some expert feedback from SIFE UK Alumni from Royal Bank of Scotland and Centrica.

The amazing opportunities continue! On the 16th to 18th November, 15 SIFE UWE members will go to Grantham, Lincolnshire for SIFE UK’s yearly training weekend, where 51 SIFE University teams (around 400 students) from around the UK will enjoy expert training, amazing banquet dinners, and fun team building outdoor activities.

They come away with transferable business skills, a better understanding of how a project works, and a having met amazing like minded students from across the UK. SIFE UK staff and alumni run the event and top business leaders attend to provide support and training. It will be a lot of hard work for the team that is representing UWE, but an exciting and worthwhile experience.

SIFE UWE is planning an enterprise launch event for their SIFE UWE café at the new Bristol Sports Centre (BS2 8SF) on the 15th of November from 10 am to 2 pm. The day will play host to inspiring speakers, an indoor market and a preview of some of the UWE sports clubs that use the venue. Come and check it out!

SIFE UWE is still keen to get more UWE students involved in projects. There are numerous projects ranging from teaching local college students basic business and life skills to empowering Kenyans to build and maintain renewable energy ‘Biodigesters’. Management positions are also available for Corporate Relations Executive, Human Relations Executive (Secretary), and a Project Director (who oversees all of the projects we run).

Are you interested in getting involved with SIFE UWE? Please send an email to:
sifeuwe@hotmail.co.uk

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