The Innovation Unit is the greatest source of social entrepreneurship innovation at the University of Warwick. It supports and nurtures projects in development and at the conceptual phases of starting up, such as The People’s Backpack and eMocco. It is also an idea generating machine, with The Ideas Group contributing social enterprise expertise to projects on campus. However the core of the unit in producing new social enterprises is the Innovation Hub, a programme and event that is a type of social incubator where participants learn and compete for start up capital to realise their ideas.
Enactus Innovation Advisory Network (EIAN)
The Innovation Unit tries to create a network for closer relationships between individual Enactus branches. The Enactus Innovation Advisory Network (EIAN), is a network especially designed for Enactus social enterprises across the UK (as a first step, with the possibility to expand beyond). Other Enactus branches can submit their current projects to a specifically designed platform on the Enactus Warwick website and formulate problems for us to find feasible solutions and present those to them within a guaranteed time-frame.
The Innovation Hub is expanding. Building on successful events in the past 2 years, the third installment of the Innovation Hub will occur next term. The concept is slightly changing into more of a ‘social’ incubator wherein we will run talks, workshops and activities surrounding social entrepreneurship in our Innovation Hub Programme. During this time like-minded individuals can work together to conceptualise new social enterprises, and already existing projects can hone their skills. At the end of this process, teams can enter the Innovation Hub to pitch their projects to a panel of judges to be awarded funds from the Enactus Warwick Grant.
EMOCCO is an online marketplace for you to rent items during the academic year. The process is simple and is flexible: you find an item you want, you receive it when you want, and you return it at the end of the term. Alongside supporting students with keeping living costs down by offering cheap rental solutions, we also promote the reduction of waste on our planet. Our goal is to squeeze every drop of useful life from any product, be it a Bicycle, Coffee Machine, or any Electronic Device. The Innovation Unit is currently working at scaling this project in order to offer a wider range of products as a service.
For more information about EMOCCO, please contact email@example.com.
Link is an application developed by students of the University of Warwick. Based on a simple model of crowdsourcing, we enable a more intuitive and transparent flow of information about the daily commuting situation. We fill the gap of uncertainty of when the bus comes and how full the bus is. But we don’t stop there. We add a new layer of car pooling to the experience of commuting in order to utilise unused space in cars of students, all in one app. Link saves time, hassle and money. In the future we plan to implement Link within the MyWarwick App to provide a high level of convenience for our fellow students and improve the commuting experience at the University of Warwick – we need it.
The People’s Backpack
Some might call us the world’s most sustainable backpack, we’ll let the people decide. The People’s Backpack is a social enterprise which is designed to make a meaningful impact to the global refugee crisis. 44,000 people are forced to flee their home due to conflict and persecution every day. Refugees face an incredibly dangerous journey due to issues such as hostile weather, exploitation and the fear of the unknown which can have degrading physical and mental health effects. Refugees also suffer a tremendous amount of stigma within a society which has unfair government policies and individuals who don’t treat refugees as people. The People’s Backpack is designed to tackle the key issues faced by displaced people around the world, and especially refugees. Through producing and distributing a backpack, we aim to support refugees through providing an energy solution which means they can maintain communication with friends, family and support networks. The backpack will contain an education pack which empowers them for the future through helping refugees integrate into their new country. This backpack for refugees will be financed by the sale of sustainably produced backpacks which have been designed in Milan Italy. The backpacks on sale and for refugees have a similar design to represent our message of equality. We’re part of a movement to support refugees in the desperate situation which they are in and empower them for the future through creating an inclusive society because at the end of the day, we’re all PEOPLE!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find us @thepeoplesbackpack on social media.
Icycle offers MaaS to its clients via an interactive all-digital-platform which seeks to revolutionise the way SMEs around the world build their supply chains and promote the circular economy by trading recycled plastics as raw materials only. Icycle will provide a platform that enables its clients to do the following (among other things):
- Submit CAD-file designs of their desired products and receive feedback accordingly for production of everyday devices from plastics
- Seek personalised feedback on manufacturability, probable outcome quality, duration and tips and tricks
- Choose among a range of recycled materials and manufacturing processes to find the perfect fit for production
- Keep up to date with orders via 3D photography of prototypes, interims, and finishes
- Get world-class marketing material via 3D stock photography of finished products as well as extensive and customisable story material about the manufacturing process
- Add additional services like polishing, packaging, charitable giving
- Place, amend and cancel orders from small minimum quantities
The all-digital-platform will be the central focal point of communication, updates, order placements and fulfilment. It offers an easy way for clients to keep control of their orders and consolidates otherwise complicated communication with several manufacturers at once for separate parts of the supply chain. ReBlocks can offer a unique range of capabilitiesrang- ing from diverse raw material, manufacturing processes and add-on services by collaborating with several initiatives and partners to consolidate all capabilities into one platform.