The government-backed Startup Career Milkrounds have come to a close, having engaged over 2,000 enterprising students between May and July.
Designed by the National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), the initiative held 20 events to encourage university graduates away from traditional corporate paths and into entrepreneurial ventures.
Hosted by enterprise societies at university campuses throughout the UK, the scheme provided students with a range of enterprising events from stand-up comedy nights to social enterprise forums, allowing young participants to meet with local small businesses and start-ups.
Having backed the first Startup Careers Milkrounds initiative, the government has also promised to continue support for student enterprise charity NACUE, offering £1.3m in funding for 2012/13.
Business and enterprise minister, Mark Prisk feels confident that the Startup Careers Milkrounds scheme was a step in the right direction for young entrepreneurs.
He said, “It is great to see so many aspiring entrepreneurs coming through our education system. Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, providing nearly 60% of private sector jobs and contributing over 50% of GDP.
“It is therefore essential that students are allowed to develop their skills and knowledge by building up relationships with local businesses. The Government is committed to building a new generation of entrepreneurs and the Milkrounds initiative has real potential to provide exciting employment opportunities that will help boost economic growth.”