More than 90 students and young professionals gathered to take part in the much-anticipated IEEE Young Entrepreneurs Day on Saturday 11th June, at the University of Greenwich, London. The event is the first in a series planned by the UK and Ireland Section aimed towards people looking for inspiration, resources and guidance to help develop themselves professionally or start and grow their own business. The day attracted a diverse audience of delegates from many backgrounds, including many undergraduate and postgraduate research students from universities across the UK and Europe.
Following opening announcements by the IEEE section committee, the delegates had the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops provided by Google Digital Garage, IBM, Entrepreneur First, and a full schedule of speakers offering advice and experience in entrepreneurship ranging from the current Vice President of the IMechE to professional networking coaches. A social lunch and IEEE drop-in sessions allowed for the delegates to find out more about the IEEE and its numerous affinity groups and chapters, and the opportunity to take advantage of current registration offers. This included the Student Activities Committee, the Young Professionals subcommittee, the Women in Engineering affinity group and the Power and Energy Society chapter amongst others. Representatives from AWE, the main event sponsor, were on-hand to explain entrepreneurial opportunities within their UK-based organisation. The event continued late into the afternoon with personal networking and social activities, and interviews with speakers and delegates affirmed the overwhelmingly positive feel of the day.
On behalf of the IEEE UK and Ireland section we would like to give our sincere thanks to all speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, committee members and above all attendees who made this event such a success. The section is already planning a major industrial and technological showcase event in collaboration with the IEEE MGA under the banner of SmartTech that will take place during 21-22 October in Birmingham, while the next IEEE Young Entrepreneurs Day is now being planned to take place in Ireland later in 2016.
Lee is the vice-chair of Student Activities in the UK and Ireland Section, in addition to the current chair of the University of Southampton Student Branch. Lee also serves on the Region 8 Humanitarian Activities Committee, webinar co-ordinator for the Region 8 Education Activities Committee and as an IEEE MadC Ambassador.Lee is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southampton, having completed his PhD in photovoltaic technologies in 2015. Prior to this, Lee completed a masters degree in microelectronic systems design after working as a digital hardware engineer in the communications sector.