Meet Kellie, our new Entrepreneurial Development Officer!

community-of-entrepreneursAt Rise Up we have a number of new staff joining the team, Kellie Forbes-Simpson is one of our new Entrepreneurial Development Officers.   Kellie will be working with our other Development Officers providing one to one support for any students and graduates who drop into the Elevator.  Kellie will be working on a number of other activities and she has given an insight into a few of them.


I am very excited about joining the team here at Rise Up especially as I will be taking over as University Adviser for Enactus.  Being part of Enactus while here at Newcastle University provides students with so many opportunities to turn ideas into action.  For those who don’t know about Enactus it is a student society which is run at a number of different Universities in the UK and internationally.  The local teams work on local or international projects to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need, in an entrepreneurial way.  In April Enactus UK run the national competition where UK Enactus teams showcase their achievements throughout the year.  To many students Enactus is a way of contributing to the local and international community to really make a difference, to others it is way of developing their skills and working with local and international employers.  And almost as a by-product of joining the society students become part of a community  and become really good friends.  I have been lucky enough to work with Enactus for the past 2 years and I can see how being part of it can transform students.  I saw Enactus Newcastle present at last year competition they had some great projects  including their local project Byker Groove, where they are working with a community centre in Byker and  Beauty of Rwanda, working with Rwandan genocide survivors who sell hand woven, recycled products, I am excited to see where the team progress to this year.

To get involved with Enactus Newcastle please visit their Facebook page.

One of the other projects I will be working  on is the NLC 2100 module.  Newcastle Career Service provides a number of centrally run modules which many students can take as an elective.  The  NCL 2100 module is a 20 credit module run by the Rise Up team to help students to develop enterprising and entrepreneurial skills which are skills needed by both graduate employers and for those of you who are interested in setting up your own business.  The module provides students with an opportunity to see an idea through from conception, development, planning and action.   The module is a cross discipline module, so we have students from a number of difference programmes who join the module, which provides a great environment for new idea development.  For any of you who are interested in the module drop me an email.

I have worked at a number of Universities and I am really impressed with the services Rise up provide for students and graduates who are interested in developing their business ideas, or just want to develop entrepreneurial and enterprise skills, so please pop into the elevator and see what we offer.

An interesting fact about Kellie:

Not so much an interesting fact, but my passion in life…..I am totally obsessed with my mini dachshund (or to most people sausage dog) Rockie, but I will warn you, if you mention him you may be bombarded with hundreds of photos and stories!

Kellie Forbes-Simpson

Entrepreneurial Development Officer


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