Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE)
CIT was a partner on a HEA funding project, ACE, which aimed at providing innovative approaches to entrepreneurship education to ensure students from non-business programmes had the opportunity to study enterprise related modules with the aim of creating the entrepreneurial graduate.
The CIT activities under ACE were coordinated by the Industry Liaison Office. A number of key activities that started under the ACE initiative are on-going which are making the CIT campus more entrepreneurial:
- Every 6 weeks a cross-functional group of those interested in Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE group) meet to discuss practical entrepreneurship and education and entrepreneurship activities that are happening across the different parts of CIT. The ACE group consists of Rubicon staff, Management and Lecturing staff from Business, Engineering, Art & Design and Computing, the Entrepreneur in Residence and the Student Enterprise Interns.
- Innovation Week was established and activities were organised through the ACE group.
- As a result of the ACE group both the number of applications and quality of projects to the CIT Prize for Innovation have risen dramatically. The framework for cross departmental collaboration was established under ACE. The framework originally for Engineering and Business collaboration is now in operation in other departments.
- Two Student Enterprise Interns spend 20 hours a week promoting Entrepreneurship to the student population. The Interns are running entrepreneurship related activities in almost 10 CIT modules.
- Over this academic year all departments will have the opportunity to network with the 57 start-up companies based in the Rubicon Centre through a series of lunchtime sessions, “Lunchtime Links” and "Breakfast Links".
- The ACE group helped to shape and fund the “CIT Student Inc” programme, which enables students to set-up their own businesses in the Rubicon Centre. In 2013, 5 student projects were incubated in the Rubicon Centre over the summer.