South Lakes web guru Alan Jewitt has joined a select group of business advisors at Lancaster University.
Mr Jewitt, managing director of Kendal-based SYPO, is spending three days as an entrepreneur in residence at the university’s Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation.
He joins a team of experts from businesses across the North West discussing current programmes with the academic staff, enhancing the experience of students through activities and career guidance, and helping to foster business ideas and contribute to a variety of classroom activities.
He was interviewed by researchers about his own entrepreneurial experience: motivations, key moments and key people that helped him, ambitions for the future. He also helped develop ideas to produce teaching material to be used in class.
Mr Jewitt founded SYPO – Sell Your Products Online – some 10 years ago, and his company is now a leader in web development and payment and checkout systems for more than 200 businesses of all sizes across the UK.
He said: “This was both an honour and a really exciting opportunity. So many young people are now considering working for themselves, or setting up their own businesses. Those of us with experience of the advantages – and the pitfalls – have an excellent opportunity to advise the next generation.”
The university runs undergraduate study in Entrepreneurship helping students to develop entrepreneurial skills paving the way for a successful career or new business venture.