Five-year Programme

UIP (University Industry Partnership)
Five-year Programme

Goal

MoSW and PI and UCLan to facilitate business incubation programmes in order to enhance business sector development to support the knowledge economy through University-Industry Partnerships (UIPs).

Why UCLan?

Top 3 in the UK for Graduate Business Start-ups.
1st in the UK for Graduate Business Start-ups still thriving after 03 years.
Fully functioning business incubation programme called Properller supporting many Graduate Start-up businesses.
CVCL (Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership) supporting Social Welfare across the UK and Worldwide (Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Oman, Turkey, Cyprus, etc.)

Means

 World Bank Project
 European Funding
 Ministry Funding
 NSF Funding

Background

Networking and team building have been initiated by the MoSW and PI.
Present situation and gaps have been identified by the Workshop conducted in March 2018 by the Ministry and UCLan, UK.
Prof. Weerasinghe’s visit was hosted by UCLan to fully understand business incubation programme in the UK.
Five-year roadmap has been developed by the use of these background information.

Activities Suggested

Policy input through Cabinet Memorandum
Five-Year Roadmap to fully embed Graduate Business Incubation
Five-Year Roadmap

Year 1:
     Inception
     Implementation
     Capacity Building
Year 2, 3, 4 and 5 :
     Continuation of implementation of the Business Incubators and Capacity Building
     Monitoring and Evaluation and Measurement
     Community Leadership and Partnership

Inception Stage

Policy development
Workshop for selecting and choosing entrepreneurs (conducted by UCLan) – Oct/Nov 2018 (Raising awareness/Ideas for business creation/routes to market/practicalities)

Implementation of the Business Incubators

Consultancy
First Wave of Funding (NSF, UGC, MoPI)
Support for the Business Incubatees

Capacity Building Activities

Induction training to students for at least 5 Universities
Introduction training to staff in the 5 Universities
In-depth training for selecting entrepreneurs
Dragon’s Den Style Programme to select the best business incubator programmes
Training the University trainers
A week of developing entrepreneurship skills for the business incubatees
Summer School at the end of Year 1

Outputs

By end of Year 1:
At least 5 fully functioning business incubators focussing on MoSW and PI business sector (innovative) will be implemented with on-going support from UCLan and MoSW and PI.

Years 2, 3, 4 and 5

 Consultancy
 Monitoring and Evaluation of Year 1 activities
 Affidavits from Successful Applicants
 Reflecting on the first wave of funding
 Measurement of Success
 Revising the 5-year programme based on above
 Second Wave of Funding
 Capacity Building Activities
 Training the Trainor
 Developing Entrepreneurship Skills – Start up/Testing Programme
 Summer School at the end of Year 2
 Community Leadership and Partnership

ACTIVITY 1: MoU
Between UCLan and Ministry of Primary Industries, Sri Lanka
Nearly completed

ACTIVITY 2: Introductory Workshop for entrepreneurs (conducted by UCLan)
To be conducted by Sept/Oct 2018

Workshop content:
     Raising awareness
     Ideas for business creation
     Routes to market/market analysis
     Practicalities
     Hands on activities/engagement
     Distribution channels of the agricultural products
Follow on activity:
     Little competitions to choose the budding entrepreneurs

Duration: 1 day each in each University
Target participants: 35 from each University – e.g. Moratuwa, Ruhuna, Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Jayawardenepura, Sabaragamuwa
Output: Ideas creation and selecting the 1st wave of candidates for the 2nd workshop
Something to discuss during July meetings with the VCs and UGC in Sri Lanka (pre-questionnaire to-do, so that we can get students who are really interested in)

ACTIVITY 3: Introductory Workshop for Staff (conducted by UCLan)
To be conducted by Sept/Oct 2018
Introductory workshop for staff in parallel with Activity 1
Duration: 1 day each in each University or all of them together within 2 days
Target participants: 10-15 from each University – e.g. Moratuwa, Ruhuna, Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Jayawardenepura
Output: Capacity Building of Staff
Something to discuss during July meetings with the VCs in Sri Lanka

ACTIVITY 4: 2nd Workshop for selecting and choosing entrepreneurs (conducted by UCLan)
To be conducted by Jan 2019

Workshop content:
     Routes to market/market analysis
     Practicalities
     Hands on activities/engagement
     Distribution channels of the agricultural products
Follow on activity:
     Dragon’s Den type Little competitions to choose the budding entrepreneurs

Duration: 2-3 days
Target participants: About 20 – 30 altogether: e.g. Moratuwa, Ruhuna, Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Jayawardenepura
Output: Incubator/Accelerator programme
Bringing in Industry People as a panel to choose the best start-up businesses
Something to discuss during July meetings with the VCs in Sri Lanka

ACTIVITY 5: Summer Schools/Curriculum Development
End of Year 1
Entrepreneurship, enterprise, business skills, employability, marketing: either as a summer school or as part of the University curriculum

ACTIVITY 6: Science and Technology and Entrepreneurial Support
Provided by the Faculty of Science and Technology, UCLan: On-going support.

Costing

05 days in total for Policy Input (03 in-country and 02 in the UK)
Introductory workshop for staff and students – 10 days in total (02 maximum trainers from the UK): In Sept/Oct 2018
Selection of participants for the in-depth workshop – to be discussed (in a Dragon’s Den style)

     Provide a template for the follow on activity (to send a proposal)
     Selection of the best proposals though an initial screening
     Invite the selected proposals to be presented in a Dragon’s Den style (invite 2 - 3 industry partners as well, NSF representative, UGC representative, UCLan – online/onsite, Prof. Weerasinghe): this could be a 2 day selection panel
     About 20 – 30 to be chosen
In-depth workshop for 03 days for the selected participants from the Dragon’s Den style (02 maximum trainers from the UK)
Summer School will be for about 01 or 02 weeks (02 maximum trainers from the UK)
On-going support

ACTIVITY 7: ERASMUS+ Bids
Knowledge Alliance Bid in Feb 2019
https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/news/knowledge-alliances-application-toolkit-2018-now-online_en
UCLan will be the lead partner

ACTIVITY 8: Eco-System Bid
Feb 2019
Led by University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
UCLan is a partner (and UoH; VTU, Lithuania)

ACTIVITY 9: Business Incubators/Accelerators
To be in place by April 2019

Issues to be looked at:
     Mentors to talk to the successful candidates to come and talk about the businesses
     Incubator Manager to help and support the candidates
     Space by the University
     Any other facilities and support (resource allocation)
UCLan’s role? –
     Capacity Building (Staff and student exchange programmes); cost-in the propeller activity;
     Eco-system programme (building all the things around the programme): Consultancy, Occasional on-going advices and evaluation

Note: one or two business incubators should focus on climate resilience.

ACTIVITY 10: Tracking Business Incubators/Accelerators
Building off the business network and tracking it
Surveys : with students, staff and industry

ACTIVITY 11: Community Leadership
With Alli Melling – to be developed how this can be done.
Sustainable Livelihoods and Disaster Management/Recovery

ACTIVITY 12: Development/Setting-up of the Business Parks
Setting up Business Parks.
UCLan’s role will be to discuss how this is to be done/implemented successfully.
The land has been bought.

ACTIVITY 13: MSc/PhD in Entrepreneurship
To be discussed.