Dr. Safia Barikzai

Why be Enterprising?
Opportunities & Challenges
Dr. Safia Barikzai
Informatics Department,
Business School
London South Bank University
June 2014
Dr. Safia Barikzai
London South Bank University
Informatics & Business School
UG & PG Curriculum
Collaborations: Teaching, Research
and Enterprise
Enterprising Students
What is Enterprise?
Why be Enterprising?
Dr. Safia Barikzai
Senior Lecturer in Informatics
Course Director: Business IT
(Student) Enterprise Champion
Contact details…..
Email: [email protected]
born in Kabul, Afghanistan
with International
educational experience
Lecturer in Computing,
Wollongong University,
Australia 2002 - 2005
London South Bank University
-Established over 120 years ago
-University status 1992
-24000 Full-time & Part-time students
-SE1 Central London Location
- close to the business district & government
Currently 4 Faculties
- Business
- Engineering
- Art and Human Sciences
- Health and Social Care
Spot light on LSBU
What our students say….
Business School & Informatics
Business School has four
Academic Departments
- Informatics
- Accounting and Finance
- Business
- Management
• Dr. Kevin Grant (Head of
• Putting the I into Business
• Information
• Invention (Technology)
• Innovation (Technology)
• I[e]nquiry
• Income
Informatics: Value Proposition
• Employer endorsed & professional body accredited
• Technologists educated to understand, enable and transform
business via technology and innovation applications;
• ‘Bridge and ladders’ approach to our curricula design allowing
students to enter at different stages but still achieve the same end
point - a career in informatics;
• Authentic based assessment, taught by a mix of academic and
commercially aware and active staff from the world of ICT;
• Focus on problem based learning enabled by technology;
• Focus on Capstone and value adding events ( the last four being big data, cloud computing; cyber defence, leadership, etc.);
• Leveraging expertise is BI, Strategic IS; Mobile Apps to industry;
Informatics: Value Proposition
• Co-created, use inspired research orientation with
practicing informatics managers to add value to the
curricula and enterprise activities;
• Curricula is informed by the the nexus between theory
and practice of informatics;
• Undertake a placement or internship and study aboard
• Focus on start your own IT business through the Dept and
the University’s entrepreneurial resources
• Practical and pragmatic informatics, with access to over
5000 successful graduates of informatics and a dynamic
professional network to tap into;
• A shift from just providing a degree to career support via
the Informatics Society
Informatics UG & PG Curriculum
• Offer Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD programmes
• Over 500+ students
• Newly validated courses
• More business flavour then traditional Computer Science &
Computer Engineering
Web Links:
Collaborations: Teaching, Research &
LSBU & Yasar: Opportunities for Students
Summer in
Identifying common research areas.
- Cyber Security
- Social Media
- Internet and databases
- Business Intelligence
Why be enterprising?
Opportunities & Challenges
enterprise capability
QAA (2012) Enterprise and entrepreneurship education: Guidance for UK higher education providers
…moves beyond skills development to a sense of practical action.
…the ability to develop ideas & identify opportunities.
…to be a problem solver and be a critical thinker.
…it is about taking the initiative & making a difference.
Enterprise education is defined as the process of equipping students (or graduates)
with an enhanced
… capacity to generate ideas and the skills to make them happen….
Entrepreneurship education equips students with the additional knowledge, attributes
and capabilities required to
… apply these abilities in the context of setting up a new venture or business…
Inspire: Start & Evolve
• Free talks with
• Networking and drinks
• Students can obtain
Certificate In
Enable: Entrepreneurship in Action (EiA)
• Support for current students to develop enterprise skills
• Test a project/business idea alongside their studies
• Any subject, any stage of studies
• Students who win a place on the scheme receive:
• 12 months free office space
• £500 start-up grant
• Access to networks
Start-Up: Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme
• 12 month scheme: develop innovative product or service
and commercialise it
• LSBU graduates in the last 5 years
• Graduates get access to:
• Start-up funding - Access to mentoring
• Intensive training - Networking opportunities
• Legal and IP advice
- Office space
• Business address - Peer group
Other activities
1-2-1 sessions
Entrepreneurs in
Social enterprise
Access to networks
Experience working in
a start-up business
South Bank
Entrepreneurs (SBE)
Contact LSBU Student Enterprise
Clarence Centre for Enterprise & Innovation
[email protected]
Enterprising Challenge
What would you like to happen to make your life as students better?
What technology solutions would you need?
Use the template on the next slide to propose your business case for the
Business Canvas Model explained….
1.Customer Segments: Who are the customers? What do they think? See? Feel? Do?
2.Value Propositions: What’s compelling about the proposition? Why do customers buy, use?
3.Channels: How are these propositions promoted, sold and delivered? Why? Is it working?
4.Customer Relationships: How do you interact with the customer through their ‘journey’?
5.Revenue Streams: How does the business earn revenue from the value propositions?
6.Key Activities: What uniquely strategic things does the business do to deliver its proposition?
7.Key Resources: What unique strategic assets must the business have to compete?
8.Key Partnerships: What can the company not do so it can focus on its Key Activities?
9.Cost Structure: What are the business’ major cost drivers? How are they linked to revenue?
The Canvas is popular with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs for business model innovation.

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