Masters Funding for Future Entrepreneur

by Natasha in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Masters Funding for Future Entrepreneur
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I've just started an MSc Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Bristol University! I'm raising money to make my dream a reality!

by Natasha in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Hi there! My name is Natasha. I am a Londoner who has recently relocated to the wonderful city of Bristol (home of Banksy, Blackbeard and great ciders!) to study an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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I studied Business Management and Entrepreneurship at undergraduate level after taking a few years out of education due to difficult personal and financial circumstances. I decided to take up this masters course as I am hoping the course content and strong business community allows me to access many opportunities for networking, specialist knowledge, and start-up support to enable me to open my own business for long term success.

My main source of funding has recently fallen through, so I find myself unexpectedly having to search for my course fees so that I am able to continue on this programme.

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The Course

After submitting the application and an innovation pitch, I was offered a place on the MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship course at University of Bristol (one-year, full-time), and I started this in September 2018. The course takes a unique approach to teaching innovation; focusing on team challenges and exploring real entrepreneurial solutions, with a final project of producing a product or service to take to market. It is more than just a management course; modules are designed to develop a specialist knowledge and practical skill-set in design and systems thinking, new venture creation, and sustainability.

In the short time I have been studying on this course, I have already learnt so much through networking, practical workshops and tasks alongside a wonderfully diverse and multi-disciplinary team. I have already got involved with volunteering, opportunities to improve the city (The Circle project, for example), and Enactus (with a goal of creating my own social enterprise). And among this I have made some great friends that drive me to continue to be as eager and ambitious as I am!

Why?

Entrepreneurship excites me! Despite going through some difficult circumstances, I have always remained determined to open my own business and build a successful career. I have spent most of my adult life working not one but two jobs (even throughout my undergraduate studies), and I regularly write for my own blog, so I don’t shy away from hard work and professional development!

As well as building a career as an entrepreneur, I would like to impact my community both here in Bristol and further afield. My aim is to open a social enterprise, as well as support and represent wider causes such as global education, sustainable futures, and (of course) women in business. I am the first in my family to go to university, so I would like to be able to improve access to education for those from low-income backgrounds or disadvantaged circumstances, both in the UK and worldwide.

The Financial Bit

My goal is to raise £4750. I have managed to secure enough finance for deposits, moving costs and some maintenance expenses, but as my main source of funding fell through I am now unable to pay the first half of my course fees (total course fees being £9500) due within the next couple of weeks. I am due to start my first job in Bristol shortly, which I am confident will allow me to budget enough to save for the second instalment of course fees (due next year). I have spent my summer applying to scholarship programmes, grants, etc but there really isn’t a lot out there available to me and all have been unsuccessful. £4750 would pay the entire first instalment of fees, enabling me to continue on my course.

Thank you for listening to my story! Would you consider donating and becoming a part of it?

Many thanks,

Natasha :)

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