Kauffman Global Scholars Programme
Applications now open for 2013
Deadline Midday 22nd February 2013
"The Kauffman scholarship is the opportunity of a lifetime."
says Shaun Miller, Kauffman Global Scholar 2013.
"Ever had a business idea that you thought could solve a problem for lots of people but didn’t know where to start? Didn’t have the confidence to build a company yourself?
This program will knock those fears out in just the first week. You will then spend the next 6 months building a company and product or service that you, your friends, your family and new loyal customers will be proud of.
You will get the chance to meet entrepreneurial superstars as well as influential makers, doers and dreamers.
People here say the American Dream is dead, apply for the Kauffman Scholarship and you could be the one plucky Brit that discovers this is just not true. This is an opportunity not to be missed."
This fully funded 15 month programme gives the successful applicant the opportunity to develop a scalable technology business with world class support and mentoring at top institutions in the UK and the US. The programme is split into three parts:
1. Entrepreneur in Residence at their home institution. September 2013 - December 2013
This gives the budding entrepreneur the opportunity to develop their business concept or idea with support from the SETsquared Partnership business support team and allows them to network with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers in the UK. During this time the applicant will have a paid role in the Enterprise Education team at their university encouraging and enabling other students to take action on their entrepreneurial ideas. The exact terms and duration of this element is at the discretion of the academic institution of the successful candidate.
2. Residential period in the US. January 2014 - June 2014
The UK Global Scholar spends the next six months in the US with an elite group of other Global Scholars picked from countries all over the world. Five weeks are spent at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City where participants are immersed in an intensive course that explores a wide range of topics related to innovation, entrepreneurship and business creation. This course is delivered by leading faculty from Harvard Business School, MIT, The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, experienced entrepreneurs, and practitioners.
Following this intensive period, the participants visit universities and leading companies on both coasts including Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. This exposes them to high-impact businesses doing cutting edge work in both regions.
Global Scholars then have the opportunity to see the day-to-day operations of an innovative firm by spending 3 months in an internship. These internships are individually matched based on the business and academic interests of each participant. They are intended to give the participants insight into the operations of a successful company at the highest level.
Global Scholars reconvene in Kansas city for the final week of their stay to share what they have learnt and plan for the future of their businesses. For more details please visit the Kauffman Global Scholars US site.
3. Entrepreneur in Residence at their home institution. July 2014 - June 2015
With the exposure that the experience in the US has given them, the Global Scholar will return to the UK to put their plan into action. In the same way that they did before they went abroad the Global Scholar will have both a paid role in supporting enterprise in their home institution and resources and time to allow them to launch their own business. This period of business incubation is flexible and open to negotiation between six and twelve months with the academic institution of the successful candidate.
Applicants must be final year Undergraduate or Postgraduate students at the universities of either Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, or Surrey, have a strong desire to launch a technology business and be a UK resident. Applicants should be students from science, technology, or engineering fields who have an innovative business idea related to their area of study. The Program has accommodated limited numbers of students from other academic backgrounds. Therefore, students from other academic backgrounds are welcome to apply and will be considered in light of the applicant pool. They should demonstrate an abiding interest in science and/or technology and, like other applicants, have ideas that could translate into high growth and/or disruptive companies.
Candidates must submit a CV, and fill out the application form. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in London in March 2013. Applications will be reviewed in confidence by a panel of trusted experts from the SETsquared Partnership and the Kauffman Foundation, however information that may affect the status of intellectual property rights should be omitted.
For any queries please contact Will Pritchard