James Jardine from the University of Cambridge in the UK won third prize in the post-graduate category of the Santander University Entrepreneurship Awards.
He scooped 5,000 for his company Qiqqa.com a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.
The awards aim to support and encourage university students to pursue their business ideas and are open to students from all 58 universities within the Santander programme.
To mark the fifth anniversary of Santander Universities in the UK, Santander chief executive, Ana Botn, announced an additional 1.5m of funding to UK universities, taking its total investment to 7 million during 2012, as well as 100 new mobility grants of 2,500 available to UK students to study abroad.
She also extended the banks support for small businesses with the launch of a new programme to place graduates from the countrys top universities on internships with SMEs across the UK.
The programme to encourage entrepreneurialism amongst graduates is a collaboration between Santander and its university partners and aims to promote the benefits of working for a SME to third-year or recently graduated students, while providing smaller businesses with an injection of talent not always easy to obtain by companies with limited administration resources.
Santander will work with its partner universities to find students and companies who will benefit most from the scheme and will help with placement and administration, including project management, as well as part-funding a basic salary for the students.
Ana Botn said: Youth unemployment and particularly graduate unemployment is one of the most pressing issues for the UK economy. We hope our new programme offering 500 student internships to SMEs can help provide our talented graduate community with the opportunity to gain vital experience in the work place, whilst opening their eyes to the benefits of working for smaller companies.
SMEs have not typically attempted to compete with the graduate recruitment schemes of the big FTSE players and we hope that this initiative will give a wider range of companies the benefit of fresh, young talent.
As the engines of progress and invention, universities have an important role to play in incubating the enterprises of tomorrow. Santander is proud to be supporting and recognising the entrepreneurial skills demonstrated by students through our Entrepreneurship Awards, as well as announcing an additional 1.5 million of funding to support British universities, taking our total investment to 7 million in the UK and 120 million globally, this year.
Photograph:James Jardine receiving his prize from Santander chief executive, Ana Botn
Oldies but goodies…
The social media landscape has significantly changed the face of small business communication, but it does not mean previous technologies have been rendered useless. “Old” technologies, such as e-mail newsletters, instant messaging and message boards are still active and can still increase productivity (and sales!). Many entrepreneurs already have a strong understanding of these technologies and have probably used them in the past. Consider dusting off that old e-mail newsletter you belong to – you know, the one you haven’t read in 2 years – or do a quick search of what message boards are out there. You may be reminded of and surprised at how useful these seemingly out-of-date services can be.
Some you’ve probably heard of, but may not know the full power of…
LinkedIn has become the platform for business-focused social networking. By setting up a LinkedIn profile, users are able to post their work history and professional profiles for others to see. This tool presents opportunities for generating new business, reconnecting with old colleagues, and finding a job.
While many business users may have a LinkedIn profile, they may overlook the other small business communication tools LinkedIn provides. For example, LinkedIn Groups are a simple way to create an online forum where customers, prospects and industry insiders can exchange ideas. Similar to an e-mail newsletter, the Group allows invited LinkedIn users to interact with one another and for a company to communicate key messages. With some simple work on the front-end to get the group moving, an entrepreneur can then take a back-seat to let the patients run the asylum – while still maintaining his or her position as the group leader.
A wiki (rhymes with tricky) is a website that allows users to edit the content that is posted on the page; the trick to wikis is ensuring the edits are accurate. Wikipedia, for example, is an editable online encyclopedia in which users can edit the content. The reason the information remains accurate is Wikipedia has designated individuals to monitor updates.
From a business perspective, a wiki is a great small business communication tool for companies with geographically distributed offices or teams. Users can post a document or other materials on an internal wiki and allow a group to review and edit the material in one place. Beyond the team collaboration, the wiki also helps with “version control,” a problem that occurs when some users do not have the most up-to-date version of a document. Microsoft’s SharePoint offers companies the ability to make internal wikis, as well as discussion boards.
Some small business communication tools you may not have heard of…
Yammer is an enterprise microblogging service – think of it as Twitter for internal business communication. The service allows businesses to create their own internal communication channel and limit use to those who have a valid company e-mail address.
The typical online entrepreneur is a different species insofar as they generally work alone and within an industry that can be very stressful and demanding. Being your own boss is great however many are prone to second thoughts about this when they find that everything’ is their responsibility! Without physical, or often times, moral support, people working online have to reach deep within themselves for the strength or motivation to get the job done. Obviously those who succeed on the internet have mastered the ‘art form’ of learning how to motivate themselves! Learning how to get motivated however always has its roots in a very strong reason as to ‘why’ it is people are working online! It is the ‘why’ of every entrepreneur that ultimately keeps them moving forward!
Here are the 3 biggest ‘whys’ entrepreneurs use when learning how to motivate themselves in order to maintain the drive necessary to succeed on the internet.
Always a big motivator, money is one of the most ‘popular’ reasons people market on the internet. Whether it is for need or perhaps to expand an already existent ‘offline’ business earning or increasing an income is a powerful and popular force for people to be working online.
Some people have taken advantage of the easy to use and inexpensive internet platform to pursue a personal passion. Whether it is a cause, hobby or perhaps a business idea, if it is fueled by passion there is little doubt that these people will lack motivation.
Most internet businesses involve working online from home or actually anywhere one may choose and this is a very attractive option. In addition, the potential for earning a significant income is very real due to the access you have to a global audience, on a 24/7 basis no less! A lifestyle like this is hard to ignore and even harder to not strongly desire! Even working longer hours is not an issue since you can pick and choose where and when you work!
As we have spoken about here today the typical online entrepreneur must absolutely posses some strong motivations in order to be successful working online. Due to the ‘isolated’ nature of internet marketing, individuals must learn how to get motivated and stay that way without the help or support of others. For this reason their motivations need to be strong and lasting and 3 of the most common motivations people have for working online are reviewed above. As you can see any of these 3 factors that drive people to succeed on the internet are very strong. It is an absolute must however that the individual has the great ‘desire’ or ‘need’ first or they will not be able to sustain their efforts and achieve success.
There are three business arrangements in Singapore that have been specifically created for foreign entrepreneurs and business entities planning to have a presence in the country: a subsidiary company, branch office, and representative office.
These are the basic differences between these business entities for foreign entrepreneurs and investors:
1. Subsidiary company
This is probably the most ideal business entity for foreign companies planning to form a Singapore company or expand their presence in the country. This is because this formation provides countless of benefits especially when it comes to tax incentives and limited liability.
As a separate legal entity from its parent company, a subsidiary company may have a different name and is allowed to conduct any business activities in the country as long as these are legal.
A foreign company with a subsidiary company enjoys a limited liability, an arrangement in which it is not liable for any losses, liabilities, and debts of its Singapore auxiliary business.
And because a subsidiary company is incorporated in Singapore, it also enjoys local tax benefits even if it is 100 percent owned by foreign businessmen and entities.
However, this business setup is required to appoint at least one resident director who may be a Singaporean citizen or holder of EntrePass, Employment Pass, or Permanent Residence Status.
Meawhile, a subsidiary company may have one to 50 shareholders who may be a foreign or local individual or another business entity. To know more abour subsiday company follow this link:
2. Branch office
A branch office, being an extension of its business headquarter, is only allowed to conduct activities performed by its parent company.
Unlike a subsidiary company, a branch office is not provided with local tax benefits since it is treated as a legal extension of its parent company. And with this arrangement, the headquarter is directly liable for all the losses, debts, and liabilities of its Singapore branch office.
Meanwhile, it is a legal requirement for a branch office to hire two Singaporean resident agents who will oversee its business operation.
When it comes to government-imposed disclosure requirements, this business entity may not be appealing for some shareholders since they are also required to submit the audited accounts of their parent company. To know more about branch office, follow this link:
3. Representative office
Legally speaking, a representative office is not really a business entity as it is not allowed to engage in any revenue-generating activities.
A representative office is generally ideal for foreign companies who are not yet sure of the business viability of their services or goods in Singapore and want to conduct an extensive market research before engaging in a full-blown operation. To know more about representative office, follow this link:
Imagine that you have just entered your favorite coffee shop. You can already smell your usual, and you can’t wait to taste it. But, as you look around the room, you notice that the place is so crowded that you can’t have a table to yourself. You’re going to have to share with someone else, just as many other people seem to be doing already.
Now imagine that you’ve collected your coffee and have sat down at a table with someone who you’ve never seen before and haven’t met. After exchanging the usual pleasantries about the weather and how full the place seems to be, you discover that this person is a self-employed millionaire. And to look at him, you’d never guess. He’s not wearing a tailor-made suit, a shirt with French cuffs, or a tie.
In fact, he’s dressed just like you: in a comfortable, well worn casual shirt, that’s open at the neck, jeans, and tennis shoes. And you learn from him that he divides his time between working from home and coming to a coffee shop like the one you’re in. And as you both sip your lattes, you also learn that not only did he not make his money as the result of creating some fantastic software that everyone now uses.
He didn’t start a business in the financial sector. Nor the real estate market. Instead, he made all his money in an online information business.
Wouldn’t you want to know more? Wouldn’t you be just a little curious as to how someone with no technical skills had managed to go from where you are to earning 20 times what you make in a year, and doing it every year?
What questions would you have for this ordinary person with such an extraordinary income? And how would you feel if this person was willing to spend an hour or so telling you how you could do the same thing.
Would that interest you?
What does he consider to be success as an entrepreneur?
How does he think being an entrepreneur has hindered you from becoming a better person?
What systems has he set up in his home business to help it grow?
Besides money, what is his favorite ways to compensate people?
What’s the strangest thing h has ever done as an entrepreneur?
These kinds of question rise in your mind and you would start communicate with him. So this is the very closer thoughts for those who are going to start their business.
Terry Dean is such a person.
And you can hear what he has to say about how he did it in an interview that I did with him.
One of the steps you will need to learn as you are growing as an entrepreneur is how to position yourself as an entrepreneur. While this may not seem all that difficult to accomplish, without the proper attitude it can become a bit of a challenge.
To position oneself as an entrepreneur is as much a matter of mental attitude as anything else. It is about thinking and acting like an entrepreneur. Some would say that you have to eat, breathe, and sleep your business. While this may seem a little over the top, if you are serious about your success it’s not far from the truth.
In many instances the difference between success and failure comes down to the person’s willingness to do whatever it takes to be successful. That means that you need not only focus on promoting your business, but also in positioning yourself as the leader of that business.
You need to remember that in the early stages of a business you and your business are the same thing. The people around you will not think of your businesses without thinking of you as well. The pitfall of that attitude is that some new business owners will promote their business during business hours, and then they try to separate themselves from the business when they leave the workplace.
When you position yourself as an entrepreneur you are approaching the situation with the understanding that a business owner I who and what you are. There is not a real separation when you leave the office; you and your business are still the same.
Successful business people find themselves setting goals for their business, dreaming about their business, working through issues with the business, and even promoting their business at all hours of the day. Leaving the office just means that they are changing locations, but they are still working on their business. They don’t mind doing it because it is a passion and they love what they are doing.
You have to understand that when you take on a new client for your business, they are coming not only because of the products and services that your company offers; they are coming because of what you as the owner of the business are offering. If they do not believe you are committed to what you are doing, they will not have the confidence in your business that is necessary. If they believe in you, they will buy into what you are selling.
If you are truly serious about being successful with your business you will need to learn how to position yourself as an entrepreneur. You need to break free of the mindset of acting like an employee and only working on your business during working hours. You need to learn to promote yourself along with your business. After all, in the beginning stages, you are all that will keep that business alive.
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It is true that anyone can benefit from grasping the concepts of the law of attraction and applying them, and any entrepreneur who grasps these concepts can be wildly successful. This is because the idea behind this law is that your feelings and thoughts affect your reality. When you align your vision and goals in life with your thoughts and feelings, life will become nothing short of magical. If you are a businessperson, you can be successful using the law of attraction in the following ways:
Following your passion
The main concept of the law of attraction is to do what your heart desires. If you follow your passion then everything else will simply fall into place. The law will help you attract whatever you need in order for your passion to radiate. An excellent way to do that is to make a vision board.
Building better relationships
By using the law of attraction, you can attract people who share your vision and passion. If you are a businessperson, you can use this law to attract investors, customers and clients. You will not only attract these people but you will be able to build better relationships with them. This will lead to higher customer satisfaction, which will enhance your business. You will also be able to form lasting personal friendships.
Making more money and personal growth
The law of attraction works on the principle that everything is energy, including money. Therefore, this law states that you can attract money with your thoughts and feelings but you must act in harmony with the laws of the universe. This certainly works towards improving your business and enhancing your personal growth.
Offering valuable service
One of the main things of succeeding in your business is giving your clients or customers valuable service to keep them coming back. The law of attraction can help achieve. If you know what you want in your business, you will be the best at what you do, hence you will offer valuable service to clients or customers.
You will fall in love with your work, which will enable you to be happy when serving your customers. This positive energy will affect the people you serve in a positive way. You want to understand this concept, mind movies can help in the law of attraction. You can also invest in a personal development program. It is not that expensive yet the benefits are unbelievable.
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Starting out to become a successful entrepreneur is a exciting emotional time in a persons life. A decision has been made to break away from the normal way of thinking about work and money possessed by the majority. The majority meaning about ninety seven percent of the population.
Becoming a successful internet entrepreneur requires changing the way you were programmed to think. The decision has been made, backed by a commitment to become one of the -three percenters- that have chosen to take control of their financial future and live life on their own terms. There is no longer a boss making decisions about when, where, and how you will make a living. It will be all up to you either to succeed or fail.
The most important aspect of becoming a successful entrepreneur will be your ability to set a goal and do what ever it takes to reach that goal. Realize that you must not just show up for the game, you must play to win and to win you must set goals.
Almost everyone from business professionals to athletes have been coached on the need for setting goals and just how important it is, but many do not understand why they can not reach their set goals.
What does it Require to reach a Goal?
Why some succeed and most do not is that those that succeed have learned to attach a strong emotion to why their goal must be reached.
Whether we are money hungry entrepreneurs or some other noble profession there has to be a deep underlying emotion attached to a goal. Just saying I want to make more money in itself can not be a goal. The questions must be asked, why do I want to make more money, how much money do I want to make and how will I feel when I receive this money? How will it make me fill emotionally, happy, jubilant, thankful, relieved? Concentrate on this emotion and how making more money will enforce this emotion.
Finally, a time frame must be put on this goal.
What exact date and time will this goal be met? A goal without a date and time set on it is merely becomes a wish and not reality.
To become a successful entrepreneur, one must learn the proper way to set goals both short term and long term.
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The moment that you begin with your new online business you are taking the challenge and beginning a new part of your life. Entrepreneur success is about making changes to your habits and your to your thinking, so when you take the 30 day challenge with your online business you set the seeds for success in you.
Habits take about 30 days to become a part of our new way, and by building sturdy entrepreneur habits you set off the process of creating a solid foundation for yourself and for your business. Make some time in deciding what you want to do and achieve over the next 30 days in your online business.
Take the 30 day challenge and set your goals for your entrepreneur success. Make an action plan of what you will to gain knowledge of and begin to master and build an action list of what exactly you will do to develop your online business. It is the process of daily action in the pursuit of your goals that leads to business success.
The very process of starting a new business means you expect to set up a new way of life. Make the new way a way of self empowerment. By educating yourself as much as you work on your business, you will be creating the new habits that are critical factors for entrepreneur success. You can reach whatever you believe you can, and the same applies to you will fail at whatever you believe you will, so by settingstrong empowering beliefs and following your action plans you will lead yourself towards the outcomes that you want. Positive thoughts and actions are the critical success factors.
Adopt change, welcome the change that will occur. The more that you prepare the changes the more you will feel in control of what is happening. We all are happy in ourselves to the degree that we have control of what is happening around us. By organising yourself for the next 30 days you will be taking control of your new habits and actions and at the same time taking control of your new business.
Entrepreneur success is a habit, take the challenge and shape a forward momentum in your life. By changing how you see yourself and how you behave you will at the same time change how others see and believe in you. That will change the outcome with your business.