North West Regional College (NWRC) has appointed its first Entrepreneur in Residence to help students take their first steps in business.
Alastair Cameron, co-founder of Startacus, a company that informs, inspires and connects startups and entrepreneurs, will be based at NWRC one day a week to support students and the college community.
Alastair has extensive experience as a business mentor, providing founders with the commercial guidance, support, advice and insights needed in the early stages of any startup development process.
This is an important development for the college which will greatly enhance its work to contribute to economic growth and social inclusion in its region and in Northern Ireland.
Finneen Bradley, Student Services Manager at NWRC, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alastair to NWRC as our Entrepreneur in Residence to support our students with their business ideas and help the College engage with the startup ecosystems to connect these islands.
“Anyone with the right drive and passion can become an entrepreneur. As a college, we aim to harness the creative flair and potential of our students to create businesses and organizations that achieve the goal of the 10X Economic Vision.
“In addition to being NWRC’s Entrepreneur in Residence, we look forward to Alastair working with stakeholders across the North West and participating in programs with Invest NI, Londonderry and Strabane District Council, Causeway Coast and Glens Council, local schools and our wider network involved .
“With a focus on mentoring, networking and encouragement, there is no doubt that Alistair’s involvement with NWRC will have a positive impact on the lives of our students at this pivotal point in their careers.”
Alastair added: “As the new Entrepreneur in Residence for NWRC, I look forward to helping the College connect with the entrepreneurship and startup ecosystems in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
“In my role, I will support individual students with their business ideas, increasing their entrepreneurial potential and creative flair to drive entrepreneurship and startup culture throughout the college.
“My wealth of experience and connections will no doubt benefit students looking to start their own businesses in the near future.”
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