In 2017 Pearson Business School welcomed its first business incubator, The Access Platform (TAP);18 months on and company has outgrown the space. Due to the success of the business incubator programme, we decided to continue it and look for another start-up company to join us, to inspire and work with our students.
Having a start-up business on campus has had a positive impact on the students; whilst in residence, TAP joined the students during theirapp design seminars, so they could hear about a live project that was relevant to their course content and they also offered summer internship opportunities for the students too. The new start-up will be entitled to free rent and facilities, as well as access to a state-of-the-art campus on High Holborn, and the chance to mentor student entrepreneurs.
On 11th October 2018, we welcomed Mammalo to Pearson Business School’s campus as our interim business incubator, until December 2018. Pearson Business School alumni, Andrea Armanni and Maxime Van den Berg got in touch with Will Holt, Dean, Pearson Business School and Ben Hughes, Vice Principal (Industry Engagement), to let them know about their new and exciting business and as a result, Will and Ben were more than happy to offer them a space within our campus. Founded in 2017, the purpose of Mammalo’s website is to make it easier for people to find local verified professionals within their area; the website covers a number of trades ranging from home maintenance to social events.
Quote from Mammalo about why they created the company:
“We believe that people are made of passion, whether it’s a hobby or their full time job, they should be given more opportunities to work independently and benefit from their passions and skills. And so we created a c2c marketplace made by those people seeking to make money from their hobby but also by those in need of a specific service.”
This partnership is another great example of a higher education organisation collaborating with a real-life start-up and reflects Pearson College London’s continued commitment to industry engagement. It also shows that the entrepreneurial mindset our students are exposed to whilst studying continues after graduation; by having an alumni business incubator on campus we hope more of our students will be inspired to pursue an entrepreneurial career. We can’t wait to see what they get up to, during their time in residence with us.
Quote from Will Holt:
“We are committed to providing opportunities for collaboration between SMEs and Pearson Business School students and staff wherever possible. The recent growth of the The Access Platform has opened up a short-term opportunity for Mammalo to contribute to our educational space and I am delighted to welcome two of our alumni back to Pearson Business School through this initiative. Our current students will be selecting the next long term incubator residency over the coming months and we are so pleased that Mammalo can benefit from the space in the meantime.”
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About Pearson Business School
Education, powered by industry experience.
We're transforming higher education. As a FTSE 100 company, immersed in industry, we do things differently. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, and it’s what sets us apart.
We offer all full-time degree students guaranteed internships*, so they gain experience during their studies. Our degree apprentices also get to work within a company throughout their studies, so they gain valuable experience, learning on the job. We help our students to build their own professional networks; they’re taught by well-connected industry experts, and they get to make contacts at industry workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable organisations. We work with industry giants from Unilever, L’Oreal, and Sony Pictures, to WPP, Lloyds of London and IBM. Alongside their academic studies, it's experiences like these that help our students to develop the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed, as well as inspire them, so they have the drive and ambition to get ahead.
Our students are enterprising and entrepreneurial. They get to work with our in-house business incubator FindOutFresher, and many have set up their own companies too, like Kickpush and Yaantu and even social enterprises like Once Upon a Doug.
Our alumni have gone on to work for brands such as Nestle, Sainsbury’s, Microsoft, Dyson, Not on the High Street, the BBC, Snapchat, Wincanton and General Mills.
Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.
*subject to academic performance