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Santander supports Europe's largest student entrepreneur event (Disponible solo en inglés)

National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE)

London, 17th February 2015-. More than 800 college and university students attended recently the sixth Student Enterprise Conference 2015 held in Liverpool. The event has been supported by Santander, through Santander Universities.

The event hosted by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and supported by Santander brought together budding entrepreneurs and academics, as well as Santander staff to discuss all things enterprise.

Simon Bray, Director of Santander Universities UK said: “It’s so important to support and encourage entrepreneurship, especially amongst young people. Student entrepreneurs are key to the growth and prosperity of our economy and many of them will innovate, define and lead our future.”

Damian McGann, Managing Director-North Division, Santander Commercial and Corporate, opened the conference talking about the external factors that might influence our business and the importance of technology to stay ahead of the competition.

Also speaking to attendees was Anthony Sutton, Santander’s Regional Manager for The Wirral who spoke about the support that Santander offers to communities through its CSR programme.

As part of Santander’s support to entrepreneurs, Danny Jones Finance and Operations Manager, Santander Universities UK presented to the audience the Santander Universities Enterprise Portal, a new tool for all entrepreneurs. The portal allows users to connect with other entrepreneurs, learn how to build a business idea and launch it into the market, and finally the possibility to win cash prizes when taking part in competitions.

Lynne Robertson, Incubator Manager, Santander Corporate and Commercial, gave some advice about pitching techniques in order to reach and convince your audience.

Also in attendance were Suzy Verma, Corporate Director and Luke Ellis Relationship Director North both from Santander Universities UK.

NACUE Chief Executive, Johnny Luk said: “We work with thousands of students every year and they increasingly want to create something that leaves a mark. We’re giving young people the opportunity to engage with not only experienced entrepreneurs and business experts, but some of the most exciting, and successful companies of today.”

The event comes just weeks after the Varkey Foundation published a report analyzing the top 500 global firms’ investment in education and calling on business and world leaders to support a campaign to encourage more financial support in this area. The report cites Santander as the leading global contributor with 79% of its corporate social responsibility budget spent on education, equating to approximately £130m.

Santander Universities maintains a stable alliance with close to 1,200 academic institutions in 20 countries. This is a network where universities from all over the world can meet and engage in dialogue. More information: www.santander.com/universities

Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with 77 British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.  

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National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE)

The conference attracted numerous existing and prospective entrepreneurs.

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