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Date published: November 09, 2016

Experts and students deliver world class, industry collaboration event at MediaCityUK

Students, staff and external colleagues discovered that looking after your mental health and wellbeing is imperative as life in business can often be stressful at this year's Creative Entrepreneur conference. The event saw nearly 600 people registered. 

Held at Salford’s MediaCityUK campus, the event featured more than 40 speakers from across the globe including leading entrepreneur Professor Vikas Shah, who explained the stresses business life can often bring by describing the collapse of his web design business during an inspiring keynote.

Vikas though had the mental resilience to overcome such struggles and has since become the Managing Director of the Swiscot Group, a Manchester based textiles and commodities trading firm, with operations worldwide, as well as earning the Freedom of the City of London.

Vikas also founded the Thought Economics Blog, where he has published interviews with stars such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Sir Richard Branson to readers in 120 countries.

In the closing remarks of his speech to business leaders, staff and students, he advised the audience to proactively look after their mental health, even when things are going well, as this will help build the mental resilience required in the more difficult times.

What followed this speech were a series of thought provoking events that explored our four industry collaboration zones - sport, health and wellbeing, digital and creative, engineering and environments.

The sport sector was explore in a panel hosted by Professor Simon Chadwick which featured sporting entrepreneurs discussing the issues and challenges they have faced in the world of Sports Business, while Liam Young, Founder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today and speculative architect, from the engineering  and  environments  sector considered how a ‘smart city’ would work through digital performance.

A digital health panel considered the new tech and innovation that’s currently transforming the sector and how its impact could grow in coming years, before University students pitched to business owners for investment – a fantastic example of how the University collaborates with industry.

The winners of the £1000 prize in the pitching competition and further support from the Tech Angels were the Bright Club, the brainchild of Lavinia-Dumitrita Alexoiu, a Business and Information Technology student, and Dragos Robert Neagu, a Multimedia and Internet Technology student, who planned to  address  the  issue of underemployed graduates with an app which encouraged students to complete extra-curricular activities during their time at university.

Alex Fenton, Lecturer in Digital Business and event organiser, said: “The event went really well and we were particularly pleased that there was a record number of registrations and more students attended this year. 

"The feedback from companies and students was excellent – we had a great day. Next year we would like to get even more students and graduates involved with the organisation and delivery of the event”

Business and IT students also presented some of their projects at the event and received feedback from digital agencies and the BBC in a session about digital careers. 

Claude Williams, a young entrepreneur from London, closed the day sharing his insights into entrepreneurial life and ways in which to look after your wellbeing in stressful environments.

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