“It’s had a positive impact – I came out with a first in my second year, ” she says. “A lot of people on my course go on placements, but I feel like I’ve come out with better knowledge having had my business at the same time.”
This entrepreneurial spirit is present at campuses across the UK. Almost a quarter of students already run their own business or entrepreneurial venture, or plan to while at university, according to research by Santander bank.
Jonny Luk, chief executive of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs( NACUE ), tells the pace in the number of students setting up businesses at university has accelerated for two reasons.
“Firstly, technology means people can create digital business more easily, and we live in an interconnected world where get advice is easier, ” he says.
“Secondly, since the financial crisis the attractiveness of joining a big corporation has been dulled by the exhilaration of is available on a start-up. People want to be an entrepreneur.”