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Seven-year strategy: Holly

14 December 2016

On 29 November 2016, the University of Bristol launched its seven-year strategy. It outlines the University’s vision for educational innovation that will nurture skilled, adaptable and resilient graduates; graduates like Holly. Holly is studying Anthropology with Innovation and is in the first cohort of students accepted into the new Centre for Innovation. Holly was invited to speak at the strategy launch event, here is what she had to say about her experience in the programme thus far.

I’m Holly and I’m studying Anthropology with Innovation. I have the privilege of being able to work alongside people like Megan every day. Everyone I meet through the innovation programme has an infectious passion and enthusiasm that makes you want to get involved in everything that they’re all doing, which I can tell you... is a lot. From jewellery designers to young entrepreneurs like Megan, everyone on the program has a story to tell.

In our first lecture, we were sorted into groups and handed £10 as an initial "investment". Our challenge was to make as much money with it as possible. While we were brainstorming initial money-making ideas, a man approached our table. He introduced himself as Will. Just Will. Will was hugely helpful; he helped us to refine our ideas to produce a clear vision and plan what we needed to do to progress. It was only later that we realised that “just Will” wasn’t “just” Will at all, he was the Founder and CEO of Tough Mudder, a company currently valued at 56 million pounds. 

Since then we have been spoiled with countless opportunities to meet many extraordinary entrepreneurs and innovators, all of whom have delivered inspirational workshops and shared their entrepreneurial journeys. What has struck me about all of them is that they are all normal people. They're not insane Mark Zuckerberg maniacs; they're just people. Granted, they are people with exceptional drive, determination and creativity, but people none the less.

When I started at Bristol I never thought that I was the type of person who could ever become a member of the great "entrepreneur innovation nation." Thanks to Ki and all the other incredible staff on the program, I have realised that we can all join them and make a real difference in the world. If not us, then who? Someone has to.

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