Hear from the University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence

Heather Barrie, University of Portsmouth Entrepreneur in Residence

  • 08 November 2019
  • 3 min read

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are coming to Innovation Space to help students, staff and alumni develop business ideas and deal with the challenges of starting a new business. The entrepreneurs will share their knowledge on the impact of change in the business industry and the skills needed to succeed today.

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence can mentor University startups, offer guest speaking, help academics in their research and advise groups or individuals on the early stages of business development.

On a monthly basis, we will have some of the brightest and most successful Entrepreneurs in the Region taking up a desk and working alongside our emerging entrepreneurial talent here at nest. You can book an appointment to grab a coffee and chat to our Entrepreneurs on the 1st floor of the Innovation Space or book a meeting room on the ground floor. 

Meet our entrepreneurs

Thursday 5 December 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm – Mark Smith

With over 10 year’s experience, Mark is the former Executive Chairman and Founder of the multi-million pound The Car Finance Company who previously employed just under 500 staff. Now holding seven open directorships, he is also working on a number of new exciting ventures. Chat with Mark about how to grow your business and obtain finance successfully from this serial entrepreneur.

Thursday 23 January 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm – Sandra Sassow

With almost 10 year’s experience, Sandra is an innovator in the energy business and is the Chief Executive Officer of SEAB Energy, an international waste-to-energy-technology company. Sandra is a winner of the Natwest Everywoman awards and is a keen support of women in business. Speak with Sandra about effective business management and working in a global marketplace.

Thursday 6 February 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm – Phil Carr

Launching his business in 2015, Phil is the CEO of My PT Hub (Fitli Ltd), an app that is currently used by over 75,000 personal trainers and 1.3 million clients worldwide. He is also a graduate of the University with a BA(Hons) in Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. With a company which is doubling year on year, be sure to talk to Phil about starting, building and scaling an online/SaaS business, web, mobile app and new product development, seed investment and how to grow / scale up your venture.

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm – Heather Barrie

With almost 10 year’s experience, Heather is the founder and director of Harrie’s Coffee, an independent and ethical, Sussex-based supplier of coffee and coffee machines. Heather is currently in the process of expanding her business and is known for her creativity and willingness to collaborate and offer guidance to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Have a chat with Heather about how to plan a business and work effectively in a team.

Thursday 9 April 2020, 10.00am-4.00pm – Nathan Cable

With just over 5 year’s experience, Nathan is the co-founder of Party Hard Travel a student led and party focussed travel company. With over 15,000 customers, recognition awards from the Travel Trade Gazette and partnerships with Boohoo, Love Island and Geordie Shore, Nathan is an expert in launching and building a successful business. Chat with Nathan about marketing a successful startup, building relationships with suppliers and resilience in business.

Book a session

Email eir@port.ac.uk to book your 45-minute appointment. Please include the name of your chosen EiR and why you’d like to meet them. Appointments are limited and bookings are on a first come first serve basis. Each 45 minute session starts on the hour between 10.00am – 4.00pm.