Our Virgin Media Student Ambassador (VMBA) programme gives students the opportunity to work for one of the world’s strongest brands and the freedom to run their own campaigns on their campus. It’s the fourth year of the campaign and it’s going from strength to strength. However, this was notched up a level when we joined up with the Pitch to Rich scheme last year. The scheme gives young entrepreneurs the chance to meet Richard Branson to pitch their business ideas and gain investment from him.
This meant two lucky VMBAs who showed off their entrepreneurial skills during the campaign got to meet Richard Branson at his house! As you can imagine this whetted the appetite of young student entrepreneurs across the country and we saw a huge increase of applicants from students.
Following in the success of last years campaign we were delighted to be invited to speak at this year’s Student Enterprise Conference by The National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) in Liverpool. NACUE are a great organization that represent the dreamers, the thinkers, and the strivers- those who don’t just want to read a book but write it.
The conference was all about creating an environment for young entrepreneurs to learn, network and develop. All the talent and energy at the conference blew us away and it was great to meet the next generation of young entrepreneurs and to tell them our story as well as all the opportunities we can offer them.
We shared the stage with some very exciting people; Ella Jade from The Apprentice and Ben Towers, a 16 year old whizz kid with over 15 employees, to name just a few. The NACUE is an event that I would highly recommend to any young budding entrepreneurs out there.
We had some great feedback from the attendees about getting involved with our 2015 VMBA campaign and look forward to welcoming them on board.
Unlike most other student job or placement, being a VMBA gives students the license to run their own campaigns including managing budgets and even other team members. This gives these entrepreneurial students a unique opportunity to experience what it’s like to run your own mini business.
Past VMBAs have gone on to set up their own businesses and some actually had a change of heart and are now either doing an internship or got on the graduate scheme with Virgin Media.