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28th January 2010, 1:39pm
Professor leading the way on enterprise education in UK
Mark Prisk MP hosts the launch of the Enterprise Alliance UK A University of Lincoln academic has played a key role in establishing a new voice for enterprise education in Britain.

Professor David Rae from the Lincoln Business School has been instrumental in the foundation of the Enterprise Alliance UK.

The Alliance was launched at the Houses of Parliament on 27 January 2010. The event, hosted by Mark Prisk, MP, Conservative Shadow Business Secretary, was attended by more than 70 delegates, bringing together supporters from academic, business, political, educational and student communities.

Attendees included Ken Clarke MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; Jenny McDowell of Lloyds Banking Group; Lars Lindstedt of Microsoft UK; and Anwar Hasan, Managing Director of Tata Ltd.

Attracting strong cross-party support, the launch encapsulated the beliefs of the three founding organisations, Enterprise Educators UK, The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), and National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), that there is a need for a stronger focus on entrepreneurship and enterprise education within the UK's universities.

Prof David Rae, VP Education at ISBE and Director of the Lincoln Business School's Centre for Management and Business Research, said: "Through the Enterprise Alliance UK, the three founding organisations are building on their existing individual strengths to become the voice of enterprise education, research and support in the UK."

Endorsing the foundation of the Enterprise Alliance, key note speaker Julie Meyer, Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital and Entrepreneur Country emphasised the need to "educate young people to expect success".

Speakers highlighted the impact that entrepreneurship education makes in improving the skills, employability and business creation potential of students and graduates.

The launch of the Enterprise Alliance UK saw strong foundations being put in place to form an All Party Parliamentary Group on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education post-election.

The ongoing activities of the Alliance will involve the three founding organisations sharing knowledge and research and speaking with one voice to inform policy, practice and the public about the value and impact of enterprise and entrepreneurship education.

Following on from its launch, the Enterprise Alliance UK is set to become the most powerful voice for the support, promotion and representation of enterprise and entrepreneurship education in the UK.

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