Friday, 26 May 2017

From China to Birmingham: Reflecting on my enterprising journey

Hi, my name is Man Wang, a third year student from school of Mathematics, studying Mathematics with Business Management in the University of Birmingham.

I started my business plan journey when first enrolled in university. At Jinan University in China, I joined a Business Elite Challenge to figure out a business model and design a mobile app for a mobile health company.I contributed ideas for functions of the app and the cash flow for the business model.

When I came to the University of Birmingham, I also actively participated many enterprising events, including speaking of many famous entrepreneurs and senior managers, workshops, coffee talks, etc. The most fantastic experience in my opinion was the B Start-Up Boot Camp with Virgin in my second year. It was about helping solve loneliness and increasing social interactions among students with different backgrounds.

Last summer, I also attended a three–week programme called Launch Pad last summer held by B-Enterprising team of Careers Network.This event inspired me to think and I suddenly came up with many ideas.

I also attended another three-day B-startup event in the Innovation campus in Birmingham city centre. I met a great deal of professional people and discussed solutions about health industry with another four members. I provided many ideas based on the Chinese health industry knowledge and pointed out some aspects they missed.

Then in my third year, I joined Bank of England’s technology competition about using big data and machine learning in 2016.Later I joined the student mobile app competition held by Innovation center at University of Birmingham and I was proceeded to the final stage to deliver a presentation.It was a very unforgettable competition and I learned many new things: using to design app, my potential to deliver enjoyable presentations, doing well under pressure, different ways to present ideas…

There are lots of ways to be enterprising whilst studying at University.  Find out more on our B-Enterprising homepage and help your future career by making things happen

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