Concept Hack

Our additional products and services are aligned with practical learning concepts, enabling learners to apply their knowledge to practical situations, to challenge their knowledge in a business scenario.

We understand the importance and need in developing front facing leaders and ensure our programmes are contributing to the requirements of annual student satisfaction surveys such as the National Student Survey (NSS), Destination of Leavers Higher Education Survey (DLHE) and Higher Education-Business and Community Interaction survey (HE-BCI) thus supporting the recognition which educational institutions rightly deserve.

Concept:Hack challenges students to use their creativity, resourcefulness and team building skills to find solutions to real life business issues, proposed by industry professionals.

Over the course of a weekend, learners are presented with an industry specific problem. Working in multidisciplinary teams, the students are tasked with finding a solution that meets the ethos and brand values of the organisation.

From Computer Science to Economics or Journalism, Concept:Hack will bring learners from varying faculties from within your institution to work collaboratively, providing them with the opportunity to meet new peers and input their individual skills to a business proposition.

NACUE work with industry experts in the delivery of the weekend and will provide a combination of facilitated workshops, teamwork, breakout sessions, group critiques and pitching. We'll be working through the methodology of developing ideas via repeated iterations, giving learners the opportunity to articulate their thoughts and crystallise their ideas as a team.

Working with real companies to gain knowledge on industry issues, will provide students with the opportunity to work on a ‘live brief’ set by an external organisation. The solutions generated will provide realistic scenarios for commercialisation and enable the learners to rapidly develop a concept prototype to pitch back to the brief provider.

The delivery team of experts have vast experience in education and enterprise, many as entrepreneurs in their own right and will aim to make this a fun but true working life experience.

The programme will be collaborative, designed with the institution and will consist of:

  • Half-day consultation

    The programme will be collaborative based on the needs and ambitions of the institution. NACUE works directly with educators and students, to build a programme aligned with an industry expert in alignment with student interest and ambitions.

  • Promotional materials to support Student Engagement

    NACUE will provide all customised promotional materials to drive signups for Concept:HACK which the institution are freely able to use. Additionally, you’ll have a dedicated NACUE member of staff who will be working on this programme.

  • Stakeholder Management

    NACUE will liaise with any external stakeholders involved within the programme; this might include workshop facilitators, industry experts or external organisations. Additionally, you’ll have a dedicated NACUE member of staff to support the ongoing virtual administrative support, ensuring minimal institutional staff time on high potential students who want to carry their project forward.

  • Project packs and printed material

    NACUE will provide all the required material throughout the course of the weekend, including briefing packs for all participants. All delegates will receive a hand signed certificate of achievement from the host and facilitators, capturing the skills obtained throughout the course of the weekend.

  • Execution of programme

    NACUE will facilitate the weekend Concept:Hack (on campus) including training, facilitation of discussions, mentoring, presentation and prize giving*. Options to arrange catering are subject to an additional fee. Through Concept:Hack your students will develop the following enterprise and employability skills to support their own personal development and in accordance with the National Student Survey (NSS).

  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Time management
  • Team working and collaboration
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Concept prototyping
  • Research

This is an exceptional opportunity for up to 40 students to gain valuable business knowledge, employability skills and the competencies to succeed in entrepreneurship.

Delegates involved will have the opportunity to gain practical experience in relation to enterprise skills, pitching, raising investment, solving business problems and team based learning.

Concept:Hack is designed to inspire students to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career option through working on a real life, risk free startup project. Students will be supported by experts on this specific project, on an existing project or develop the knowledge to create a future startup.

* Prize pot of up to £1,000 for the student groups, to be provided by institution.

Testimonials

‘Great experience to improve and develop confidence levels, enhancing communication skills, inspired with new methodologies of business strategies, positive energy setting-up a business and from expert judges too.’ Anil Rai, BSc (Hons) Computer Network Security, University of Westminster, 2016.

‘A great opportunity to connect and network with people from different backgrounds…incredibly beneficial to practice techniques whilst learning business terminology and techniques.’ Yasmine Abdelkhal, MA Media Management, University of Westminster, 2016.

About NACUE

The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) is a charitable organisation, with a passion to support the development of education and student engagement throughout all college and universities in the UK. We work with a diverse and fast-growing network of educational institutions, student enterprise societies, student and graduate entrepreneurs, government and corporate partners to deliver this vision.

Who are we?

NACUE is the leading charitable membership organisation for engaging students in enterprise, following on from an extraordinary movement in student entrepreneurship which has resulted in us “Powering The Enterprising Generation”.

We provide college and university students with the platform to be experimental, creative and inspiring in their approach to student-led enterprise and entrepreneurship through running inspirational events and advocating practical learning.

Over the last eight years we have engaged over 200,000 students in enterprising and entrepreneurial activities, supported a network of over 200 enterprise societies and seen over 20,000 people attend our events. Our community alone has generated over 16,500 businesses in innovative spaces, creating thousands of jobs and supporting the investment our country needs.

Interested?

Contact our membership team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be happy to assist and answer any questions you may still have. Once we understand your requirements, we can create a bespoke package for your institution at a very competitive price. See below for pricing and options.

Members: £9,499

Non-members: £12,999

NACUE Membership Plus

The Membership Plus package entitles you to further discounts off your total price when you purchase more than one additional service at the same time as membership

2 additional services  5%

3 additional services    10%

4 additional services   15%

Please note that all prices are inclusive of VAT.