Entrepreneurship Champions

The Masood Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC) have put together a team of student leaders who have a passion for learning and understanding entrepreneurship to cultivate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in at The University of Manchester.

Our Entrepreneurship Champion Team promote entrepreneurial activities across campus while building key career skills and techniques in areas such as social media management, events planning, project management and stakeholder relations. Key activities include the planning, development, and delivery to raise the visibility of MEC’s services and support through events, pop-ups and 1-to-1 support. As part of our partnership, we also provide exclusive training and support to further develop their skillset as needed. We also encourage them to regularly represent the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre at key awards and events, such as the Educate North Awards 2022.

Our Champions represent their respective Faculty and Schools and are agile in taking on new challenges to encourage students to think outside the box in their studies, career, and even daily life!

This opportunity is open to all students interested in learning or further developing their entrepreneurial knowledge and connections during their time at The University of Manchester.

Interested? Check out our current 2021 – 2022 Entrepreneurship Champions and apply for our 2022 – 2023 cohort!

MEC Entrepreneurship Champions 2021-22

Agnieszka Ciesielsk

Agnieszka Ciesielsk
(French and Business Management Year 4)

Why am I an Entrepreneurship Champion?
I applied to become an Entrepreneurship Champion as it is imperative to share the message that entrepreneurship can be interdisciplinary. I believe that being an entrepreneur is not limited to individuals who want to start a business, and is available to everyone from various academic disciplines, especially for everyday life decision-making. Having an entrepreneurial mindset provides many benefits; as we are exposed to the various events in society, this mindset can let us be more proactive through identifying new trends and reacting effectively to make the most of opportunities. Entrepreneurship to me, is having an outlook that allows an individual to be creative, take calculated risks and be able to overcome challenges. It is important for an entrepreneur to look for ways to improve their skills, and most importantly to learn from mistakes to prosper in any future challenges they will face.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I have a 12-year-old ginger cat, called Tigger!

Matias

Matias Ademaj
(Neuroscience with Entrepreneurship, Year 1)

Why am I an Entrepreneurship Champion?
Entrepreneurship may seem like an extra-curricular skill. Not many people see it as important, especially if all they want to do is find a job to pay for their lifestyle. However, entrepreneurship is something people do every day without realizing it. Every time we are in a social situation with people that we do not necessarily know well, we are selling ourselves, our images, and our personalities. Entrepreneurship should not just be about learning to run a business, but it should give young people opportunities to brainstorm with others, coming up with ideas that would benefit society, inspire individuals, and present opportunities for self-growth. I think the university would benefit from having a space for these kinds of workshops to happen.

During my time at sixth form, the school would receive individuals from all walks of life to give an hour lecture on a bi-weekly basis followed by a Q&A session. This not only broadened our perspectives on non-curricular topics but informed us of the many different paths we could take in our own lives. I believe it would be inspiring to have this kind of interaction with people we would not normally be in contact with, and as a member of the Entrepreneurship student team, it would be possible to make this happen.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I can cook decently.

Vlad Popescu

Vlad Popescu
(Civil Engineering, Year 2)

Why am I an Entrepreneurship Champion?
I believe that having an entrepreneurial mindset can boost you career regardless of your profession. Thus, I was very excited when I first found out about the opportunity to become an Entrepreneurship Champion as it gives me the chance to help students develop their entrepreneurial skills. Moreover, I can further develop my creativity as well as my communication and leadership skills by creating unique events that will make students aware of MEC’s countless resources. I see entrepreneurship as an opportunity to make a change in society by finding unique solutions to already existing problems. Furthermore, it entails a continuous learning process that an individual must undertake to achieve long term success. I find this very valuable and that is why I will do my best to create the most engaging and fun events that will help students step up their career.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I like to improve my cooking skills by trying to prepare a meal I have never eaten before every week.

Jinyu (Rick) Zheng

Jinyu (Rick) Zheng
(Management in International Business & Economics, Year 1)

Why am I an Entrepreneurship Champion?
I wanted to convey a message to fellow students that entrepreneurship does not simply have to be starting a business and focusing on profit-maximisation. What it means for me is problem-solving and grasping any opportunities so I can improve the world with my own solutions. As an Entrepreneurship Champion, I can best promote this message and work with various organizations, and learn practical entrepreneurial skills needed to manage my own start-up.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I am a true ENFP!