20 Sep 2012
Twitter Q&A with Rajeeb Dey: 12pm – 1pm, Thursday 20th September
Serial entrepreneur and Young Global Leader Rajeeb Dey will be joining us live from MADE Festival 2012. You can start Tweeting your questions now using #AskAtMADE.
Our Twitter Q&A sessions give Pioneers the chance to pick the brains of a variety of entrepreneurial spirits. We encourage Pioneers to ask entrepreneurs all types of questions. Whether you need personal advice or you’re simply interested in finding out a bit more about our expert’s experiences, all you need to do is Tweet your questions.
A bit about Rajeeb
Rajeeb Dey (26) is the Founder/CEO of Enternships.com, a portal that connects students and graduates to work placements in start-ups and SMEs for which he was named the ’02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2009 and the world’s youngest Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. He is also the co-founder of StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by the Prime Minister in March 2011. His entrepreneurial kudos doesn’t stop there, however, as Rajeeb is also a Trustee of UnLtd (the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs) and an Advisory Board Member of Channel 4 (Education) and the UKTI Sub-Saharan Africa Taskforce.
In Rajeeb’s own words
Whilst the platform launched officially and I incorporated the company in 2009 (a year after graduating in 2008) Enternships started as a simple listing service which I set up whilst studying at the University of Oxford. I was President of Oxford Entrepreneurs, one of the largest networks of student entrepreneurs in Europe and companies were approaching me to advertise opportunities as they were keen to reach entrepreneurial candidates. Over time, it became evident that more and more small companies wanted to reach students and, with no proactive marketing, word-of-mouth led to more than 160 placements being advertised on this very simple listing site.
I realised that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) struggle to find talent and lack the recruitment budgets of blue-chip firms to undertake the traditional ‘milkround’ and decided something had to be done. Enternships provides these companies with visibility on campus and serves as a central place for start-ups to reach out to talent.
What is MADE Festival?
MADE Festival 2012 takes place 19th – 21st September and it’s one of the country’s biggest and most inspiring festivals of entrepreneurship. Attracting around 3,000 guests and 50 high-profile speakers in venues across Sheffield, MADE brings together the country’s most successful business owners, incredible inventors and magnificent makers. If you’re strapped for networking time and opportunities to meet entrepreneurs, this is your chance to be inspired, share insider tips, network, meet investors, mentor and even influence future policy.
How to get involved in our Twitter Q&A
• Use the #AskAtMADE hashtag to submit a question. We’ll keep it safe for you until the Q&A.
• Follow the hashtag #AskAtMADE from 12pm-1pm, Thursday 20th September to follow the conversation live and see the other questions asked – they may be helpful for you too.
• Even if you can’t tune in, we’ll include your Twitter handle when your question is asked and in the answer too (if we’ve got enough characters).
• Follow Rajeeb on Twitter @rajdey
It’s best to get your questions in as early as possible to make sure Rajeeb will be able to answer them – we often have a flurry of questions at the last minute on our Twitter Q&As and sadly we can’t always get through them all but we promise to try our best.
You never know what your question might lead to – collaborative opportunities are always around the corner when it comes to Virgin Media Pioneers so do get involved.