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1 Sri Lanka Summit Durham University Enterprise & Engagement Case Studies Presented by John Hirst 5 th March, 2010

2 The Durham-Sabaragamuwa Partnership PMI2 Connect Partnership Agreement with Sabaragamuwa University To actively promote entrepreneurship education in Sri Lanka Objective: To develop Post-graduate Certificate/Diploma and CPD programmes in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, drawing on combined expertise of Sabaragamuwa and Durham Universities, as per Strategy Objective 3: To Enhance Industry Connectivity & Community Participation Benefits to Sabaragamua University: Access to 40-years of experience in practical business support, training and education, creating an opportunity to offer courses particularly relevant to private sector employment needs for practical entrepreneurial skills & competencies, e.g. generating and validating ideas; developing a business plan; industry case-studies; analysing practical business issues; increasing the capacity of staff to teach entrepreneurship; engaging and training mentors with real-life business experience and expertise. Benefits to Durham University: Internationalisation, in combination with a wide range of other initiatives associated with the Durham-Sri Lanka link.

3 Case Study 1: Social Enterprise Formation of Women Into the Network Founded in 1999; launched as a social enterprise business in 2009 Objective: to support, connect and promote women in business Successes: UK Best Practice Model for Supporting Womens Entrepreneurship Members: (national) 4000 (region) 2500 jobs created in first 7 years Hosted the Annual NE Women Entrepreneur Awards for the last 10 years Services: on-line help; platform for sharing information and experiences; training programmes; monthly events; monthly e-zine. Benefits to WIN members: stimulating ideas, sense of belonging and connectedness – virtual and real; mutual support; advice and guidance. Benefits to Durham University: members act as role models and mentors on student programmes; builds on Durhams reputation for supporting women graduates (it was the second University in the UK to admit women to degrees).

4 Case Study 2: Joint Venture Joint Venture with Avecia Leader in process development & manufacture of microbial derived biologics Objective: to scale up Durham University laboratory process for derivation of stem cells to industrial scale manufacture. Successes: collaboration led directly to University spin-out company; two patents filed and three more pending; believed to be one of the first successful attempts at manufacture of stem cells on an industrial scale. Benefits to Avecia: gained expertise to move into this new application area, skills transfer – key PDRA now works for Avecia; close relationship with University spin-out. Benefits to Durham University: reputation for expertise in application of stem cell research to unmet needs for skin regeneration as research tools, cosmetics and wound care; beneficial relationship with industrial partner; an exemplar for learning disseminated to both academics and students through joint technical training and input to undergraduate seminars on biotech manufacture.

5 Case Study 3: Commercial Partnership Partnership Agreement with Alcatel Lucent Market leader in voice, data and video communication services. Objective: mutual benefits of academic-commercial partnership Successes: too early to say Benefits to Alcatel Lucent: Preferential rates for executive education programmes; access to cutting-edge research; CPD opportunities, including coaching and speaking, for executives; recognition through association with leading UK University; access to University business library; access to top talent for consultancy and recruitment; networking opportunities through the Corporate Forum. Benefits to Durham University: Provision of: marketing/re-branding expertise; input to boardroom simulations; student prizes; guest lectures; consultancy projects for MBA students, student recruitment opportunities; take-up of executive education; participation in the Corporate Forum and Advisory Boards.


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