Entrepreneurs-in-Residence offer business start-up advice to students, alumni or staff to launch or grow their business.

27 April 2021

2 min read

The University of Portsmouth’s Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiR) programme has recruited an additional eight entrepreneurs to join the existing 14 EiRs that offer business start-up advice to students, alumni or staff to launch or grow their business.

The eight new entrepreneurs are:

Shirin Lee, Co-Founder - Mitch’s Kitchen (pictured above)
Mitch Lee, Co-Founder and Director - Mitch’s Kitchen (pictured above)
Sarah Goodall, Founder - Tribal Impact
SJ Hunt, Chief Executive Office - Parity Trust
Ming Wu, Co_founder - The Maker’s Guild
Faz Forhad Ahmed, Partner of The Akash Restaurant
Anne Stevens, HR Consultant, Executive Coach and Business Adviser
David Thomson, CEO & Founder at Suada

I am really excited to be delivering this year's Big Networking Night. The past 18 months have been very challenging for everybody, especially for small business owners. I wanted this year's event to be delivered with a difference.

Jaimes Harrington, Small Business Officer

Mitch Lee said: “The early days of being an entrepreneur are truly some of the most exciting - and the most scary. I'm honoured to be on board and can't wait to see the students' passion for business and hear all about their ideas. Through sharing our success - and more importantly our mistakes over the years, I hope to help positively impact the next generation of businesses coming to market.”

The EiR scheme helps students and staff to develop business ideas, deal with challenges and learn about the impact of change and the skills needed to succeed in today’s business world.

The EiRs engage in activities including mentoring student businesses, guest speaking and aiding academics in their research. EiRs can mentor and advise groups of students, particularly those in the early stages of starting their business. EiRs can also assist students in developing their proposed business ideas, identifying markets, and even obtaining funding.

Working with staff and alumni who are seeking to commercialise their research, the EiRs can help access new ideas and grow their business networks. They can give inspirational talks to students, help with curriculum development and support the University’s focus on entrepreneurship.

The early days of being an entrepreneur are truly some of the most exciting - and the most scary. I'm honoured to be on board and can't wait to see the students' passion for business and hear all about their ideas. Through sharing our success - and more importantly our mistakes over the years, I hope to help positively impact the next generation of businesses coming to market.

Mitch Lee, Co-Founder and Director of Mitch’s Kitchen

Interview with David Thomson, Entrepreneur in Residence

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