In Your Network - Victoria Lennox
Victoria Lennox FRSA, a Fellow based between the UK and Canada talks here about her passion for entreprenerialism and how she would like to connect with other Fellows:
1) Please give a brief explanation of what it is you do and why?
I am an entrepreneur and policy wonk, passionate about promoting enterprise. I am the Founder and Chair of the Trustee Board of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Co-founder and Chair of iCUE, Co-founder of Enterprise Alliance UK, and Entrepreneur in Residence at London Metropolitan Business School, and am currently working to build the Startup Canada Campaign. My passion for entrepreneurship began during my Presidency of Oxford Entrepreneurs; in seeing the truly transformative impact that cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset can have on individuals. Ever since, I have been working at the nexus of policy, entrepreneurship and governance to help to foster conditions that are more conducive to entrepreneurship and elevating entrepreneurs.
2) What did you join the Fellowship for?
I joined the RSA Fellowship to enhance the profile of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs; connect with other RSA Fellows; and, to stay on top of the innovation pulse through RSA talks, resources and opportunities.
3) In what capacity do you think you could contribute to Fellowship/Society?
I would be delighted to work with the RSA to engage more exceptional young professionals in the Fellowship and to contribute to agendas around education, entrepreneurship, and small business / risk capital policy.
4) What would you change in society given the chance?
Foster more collaborative relations between the public and private sectors to develop more effective, efficient and relevant policies.
5) What recent bit of news have you heard which inspires you?
The designation of 2011 as the Year of the Entrepreneur in Canada.
6) What did you learn last week?
That the issue of Canada's innovation system having to low levels of risk capital and insufficient support for high growth gazelle companies in large part comes down to the need to foster a more entrepreneurial culture and national mindset.
7) Tell us about another interesting Fellow you have spoken to
Rajeeb Dey is doing incredible work with Enternships.com and Startup Britain. He has been a major source of inspiration in my efforts to foster a similar movement through Startup Canada.
8) What would you like to connect with Fellows about? Please tell us if there is anything you would like from other Fellows
I would like to connect with anyone who is engaged in the Canadian SME / entrepreneurship ecosystem and who can help with their experience, expertise or through the provision of resource.