|06 November 2013|
Birkbeck, University of London, a college ranked as one of the top 1% of Universities worldwide, is mounting a major series of workshops, CEO talks, and panel discussions to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The events are organized by the Birkbeck Enterprise Hub, a collaborative team comprising students, alumni and faculty from the College. It has selected innovative digital IP firm Creative Barcode to headline their key event on 22nd November, the final day of the three day Global Entrepreneurship Week programme.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is about growing enterprise ambition and ensuring that those with ideas know where to get the support they need. This aligns directly with Birkbeck Enterprise Hubs’ mission to maximize student and alumni employment by providing practical support to start up new ventures and by enabling members to get involved in entrepreneurial activities.
In a Digital age of collaborative innovation, a key area of support needed by entrepreneurs is intellectual property protection and the building of safe environments to nutture trusted relationships. .
Birkbeck is therefore delighted to have secured Maxine Horn, CEO of innovative digital IP firm Creative Barcode, as their keynote speaker
Maxine will present how a combination of an inquisitive mind and entrepreneurial drive lead her to develop a world-first innovation in the complex field of IP protection in a digital age. Fittingly Maxine will also participate in a panel of female CEOs who will share their experiences of launching innovative organizations that challenge the status quo, with Enterprise Hub members.
Creative Barcode is a not-for-profit organization that provides a digital IP system designed to take the time, cost and complexity out of early-stage IP protection and disclosure. It is recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and recommended by the British Library IP Centre.
Student entrepreneurs are uniquely vulnerable to misappropriation of their IP particularly during the early phase of their a start-up when they are months or years away from utilising traditional IP mechanisms such as registered copyright, designs or patents to protect their position.
In the digital age Creators and Entrepreneurs often submit detailed concepts and business models to funding competitions or incubators without usage agreements in place, which can result in cavalier PR exposure by intermediaries less concerned with IP issues. Entrepreneurs can also face an uneven playing field when seeking to collaborate with or license innovations to much larger firms with significant resources and in-house legal teams.
Creative Barcode enables entrepreneurs to safely and publicly identify themselves as the creator of a business proposition, product concept, model or plan. It removes the ambiguity as to who owns what and makes it far less likely that others will steal or pass off developed business propositions as their own. Even larger firms will think twice when confronted with an independently digitally referenced evidence trail.
On November 22nd Creative Barcode will also participate in the Market Place to provide practical advice and support to student entrepreneurs.
To book a ticket or receive more information, contact Andrew Atter, Managing Director, Innovation Bank. firstname.lastname@example.org
Other speakers include Dr. Ben Williams IP Quest (21st Nov); Rob Park, who leads Birkbeck’s social entrepreneurship programme and Philipp Engel founder of Red Light a Campaign against human trafficking and modern slavery who presents how to be creative in addressing social goals.
About Birkbeck Enterprise Hub
Birkbeck Enterprise Hub is funded by the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, and sponsored by one of its research centres, the Centre of Innovation Management Research (CIMR); lead by the Entrepreneur-In-Residence, and managed by student & alumni volunteers
Its mission is to maximize student and alumni employment by providing practical support to start up new ventures and by enabling members to get involved in entrepreneurial activities.
Activities include workshops, seminars, networking events and mentoring. The Enterprise Hub also creates engagement between faculty, the business community, alumni and students.
About Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week is about growing enterprise ambition and ensuring that those with ideas know where to get the support they need to make them a reality. It’s about creating jobs and opportunities: small business in the UK employs nearly 60 per cent of the workforce and contributes almost half of UK turnover.”
David Cameron, Prime Minister
We believe that a large national campaign to promote entrepreneurship is a vital part of making the UK more entrepreneurial, to encourage more people to start up their own business.
About Creative Barcode
Creative Barcode is a unique Digital IP system fit for the digital age. It is fast and easy to use.
In just under three years, Creative Barcode has attracted thousands of users from more than 30 countries and has gained the endorsement of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The CB system has never been breached.
Birkbeck Enterprise Hub