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I would like to share my thoughts regarding my experience as a College lecturer in relation to the FEO Masterclass that was delivered to level 3 and Degree students by the FEO Education group. The Masterclass is a fun and informative day in which students learn about what it takes to start a business from experienced entrepreneurs. FEO Member James Ash led the day, and from the off the students were really engaged with his exciting presentation style. Jon Hilton then talked about his inspirational start up journey, making the point that business success really can come in the face of adversity. Sue Altass presented on attitude, and I really do think that it would be difficult for any audience to listen to her presentation and not come away with a can do attitude. Angela Oldroyd shared her considerable and valuable marketing experience. Liam Burke not only made the topic of finance interesting, but underlined the importance of this topic in the start-up journey. Tony Dickens presented the value of doing everything correctly and by the book, and Graeme Pittaway shared some inspirational techniques linked to managing people.

Next the students had to come up with business ideas, and put together a Dragon’s Den style presentation – all the students were really engaged and tried their best, they were encouraged by Janette Elliot and all the aforementioned FEO members, who were on hand to help. Finally the students presented their ideas, all did an excellent job and the winning teams were really pleased with their achievement!

As a professional in education, a Masterclass day like this really is so valuable in helping inspire the students and open their eyes to what they can achieve in their careers. The students also really saw the value with one stating that the day had been one of the highlights of the year. A massive thanks to FEO from the students and staff at Hull College, for facilitating this amazing opportunity. Also special thanks to Kerry for making sure that everything ran smoothly on the day!

Alex Alterskye (Programme leader Degree in Business & Management)

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