The Big Enterprise Challenge 20182018-11-27T10:59:15+00:00

Lancashire Women’s Centre need your imaginative solutions to engage with more people

Over three days, you will work in a team to develop a viable, desirable and realistic product or service to help the Lancashire Women’s Centre moving forward. You will attend masterclasses designed to help you develop your idea, build a business case and pitch your idea.

Who are the Lancashire Women’s Centre?

We are delighted to be working with the one of the Lancashire Women’s Centres (LWC), which is based at Lune Street, Preston. This is one of five centres and seven further outreach activities based in Cumbria and Lancashire. LWC offers a range of support, mentoring and training courses to women from 18 years upwards.   These activities include,

  • Wellbeing: counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, support for victims of crime, art courses, body fit.
  • Employment advice and guidance: CV development, placement opportunities, money and child care advice, redundancy advice, and debt advice.
  • Personal development training; supporting women identified at risk of reoffending.

What are the challenges?

There are 3 main challenges that address different areas that the Lancashire Women’s Centre wants to improve. You will be briefed on a specific goal and tasked to create a plan that meets their objectives. The 3 challenges are:

Technology

You and your team members will play the role of a technology company. You have been tasked with creating an app for the LWC. You have to come up with a business case for an innovative idea for this product.

Young Women’s’ Engagement

You and your team members will play the role of an events company. You have been tasked with developing a project which will raise awareness of citizenship with our service users, and help them to expand this activity out into the local community.

Women and Democracy

You and your team members will play the role of a research company. You have been tasked with developing a project which will reach out to younger women 14+ years old who are not currently users of the service.

What skills can I develop?

  • Develop employability and entrepreneurial skills
  • Develop Research & Development skills
  • Develop marketing skills
  • Gain financial awareness
  • Gain practical project experience
  • Learn to build a business case
  • Boost your CV

Who can apply?

Current full-time or part-time students of UCLan.

Students from the Lancashire School of Business and the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing may find the challenge to be particularly relevant to their courses of study.

What are the prizes?

We have £400 worth of vouchers to give out to the most viable, desirable and realistic product or service to help the Lancashire Women’s Centre moving forward.

We will also be asking you to create video diaries throughout the event, telling us about the challenges you have faced, how you’ve overcome them and what you feel you’ve gained from the workshops. We’re looking for insightful, informative and well-presented ideas (don’t worry, we’ll give you pointers!)

When is the event?

The event is held over 3 days from Monday 5th November until Wednesday 7th of November.

Each day will run from 9.00am until around 5.00pm.

If you have classes to attend, you can still go – but if you let us know on the application form when they are, we can ensure that you aren’t missing any critical information.

Sounds great what next?

We expect to run the next Big Ideas Challenge in 2019-20. If you wish to be notified when the next round of applications opens, you can sign up to our mailing list.