The Duke of York marked the 10th anniversary of the world’s first undergraduate venture creation programme with a visit to the University of Buckingham.
Prince Andrew joined staff, students and alumni at the University on Monday to celebrate successful entrepreneurial endeavours with people who are involved with the course.
The Duke of York, who is an advocate of enterprise and entrepreneurship for young people met both current and former students on Buckingham’s BSc Business Enterprise undergraduate course.
He met Elizabeth Smith, a student who with two colleague has set up a gym wear brand. He also introduced himself to Matthew Campbell and Sean Ruane whose business helps design students find relevant work experience.
Duke of York said: “What’s interesting was that I hadn’t realised what a family institution this actually is. Especially when it comes to the business environment; how small and how active it is.
“The thing that makes the biggest difference, I think, to a young person, is whether or not they’re brought up in a culture of enterprise. If we can encourage this sort of activity, It’s quite clear that most of the people who come to this university are actually self motivated to achieve.”
University of Buckingham Business Enterprise programme director, Nigel Adams, said: “Buckingham has led the way with an innovative approach to enterprise education which has proved to be very successful. We were the first in the world to offer an undergraduate venture creation programme which has led to students running businesses from importing wooden sunglasses to establishing a Nigerian wedding planning website. Many of the firms have been successful and the experience of running some of them has led to very successful careers.”