The Student Enterprise Conference




This weekend, NACUE gathered together over 40 industry experts, current and aspiring entrepreneurs, along with 344 students for Europe’s largest student enterprise conference, #SEC2020!  

The weekend was a joyous celebration of young entrepreneurship, and a brilliant showcase of innovation. Hosted by Loughborough University London at their campus in Hackney Wick, #SEC2020 were also invited for an afternoon at Plexal, Europe’s largest innovation hub.  

The conference was opened by NACUE’s very own Yani Vladimirova, NACUE’s Enterprise Engagement Manager who thanked Loughborough University London for their “outstanding collaboration to the next level to bring the Student Enterprise Conference 2020 to you all today, to the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and future thinkers”.  

Followed by Professor Aaron Smith, Associate Dean for Enterprise and Professor of Sport Business, who reminded students to “participate in creating something powerful” during their time at #SEC2020, and to “use their energy to many a difference” perfectly setting the tone for the conference’s theme of Accelerating Innovation for a Better World. 

#SEC2020 was full to the brim with inspiring talks, applicable workshops, and networking opportunities. You could feel the inspiration in the air and see the creativity it encouraged. After 11 years of Student Enterprise Conferences, #SEC2020 stimulated that same passion NACUE’s conferences have become known for. 

  • Inspirational keynote speakers, Dr. Catherine Holloway- Founder of Disability Global Innovation Hub and Meg Zeenat Wamithi- Founder of My Mind Matters Too 
  • Talks from over 40 speakers including a talk on Freelancing from Rebecca Wiley of IPSE, the official supporters of our Futuristic Business Stream and GovTech from Tim Barnes- Founder of The Rain Gods, the official supporters of our Social Inclusion Stream
  • Start-ups! Students exhibited their businesses over lunch, pitch stalls lined the corridors as students shared their products and advice amongst peers.   

To read the full blog on #SEC2020, click hereSee the whole day on Twitter #SEC2020, check out our Instagram highlight @wearenacue. Click to see the photos here! 

Next year’s conference is already in our diary, so pencil it in yours too! 27-28th February 2021 hosted by the wonderful De Montfort University in Leicester. Register your interest and stay in the loop by signing up to our newsletter!  

 Also don’t forget that our Tata Varsity Pitch Competition isn’t far away, so channel your inspiration from #SEC2020 to get ready for #VP2020! Register your interest here to stay up to date on when applications open. 

 Thank you so very much to everyone who made this possible, but most importantly, thank you to you for being involved with NACUE.  



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