November 23, 2004

Projects with SIFE

Example Projects

City University, London

In 2003, City University carried out a vast number of great projects ranging from teaching the elderly about IT to mentoring local school children in Tower Hamlets. In 2004, they have built a number of partnerships with local organisations. For example, they have set up a partnership with Praxis to work with refugees and with Young Enterprise to introduce enterprise education into local schools.

Surrey University, Guildford

In 2003, the team worked on making Surrey a 'Fair Trade University' as a step towards turning Guildford into a 'Fair Trade Town'. They ran events on campus and developed relationships with local businesses. Their research is in the process of being published. In 2004 they have registered as a student union society which encourages student entrepreneurship and teaches enterprise to students. Next year they plan to encourage enterprise education in the community.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham team realised that their own student community needed support in developing skills and knowledge of entrepreneurship. They developed relationships with support organisations and arranged workshops and seminars led by entrepreneurs. They also set up real-life projects which helped the students to gain practical experience of enterprise. As a result of this, a number of students have set up student businesses.

Imperial College, London

The team at Imperial has identified a partner charity called REDES in South America. Together they are planning an international project in El Salvador. The aim of their project is to work with REDES to help the local population to help themselves by teaching sustainable building techniques in an area subject to earthquakes.


November 22, 2004

~What is SIFE?~

Introduction

SIFE encourages students to set themselves up in teams to carry out projects which help the community in a sustainable and enterprising way. It is an international not-for-profit organisation set up in the United States in 1975 and is now present in 1,600 universities and in 40 countries. Each year competitions are held in every SIFE country and the winners go to the global competition: the World Cup. The competitions offer an unparalleled experience to the business, community and academic worlds.

SIFE WEBSITE

Team Leader: Neil McGregor

Competition History: Observed at SIFE UK National Competition, 2004

SIFE at Warwick will bring together students involved in projects specifically set up for SIFE, and those involved in AddVenture, the Warwick University entrepreneurship club.

AddVenture focuses on students who are opening their own business or striving to bring change to their communities. The team will develop the Warwick part of Bizcom business plan competition.

Addventure site

For all those interested in becoming part of an international network looking to make a difference in any community through our varied project work please visit the SIFE SITE or send an e-mail to Neil McGregor


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