Entrepreneur-In-Residence joins Birkbeck to boost creativity and innovation

International business mentor Andrew Atter has been appointed Entrepreneur-in-residence

Andrew Atter

International business mentor Andrew Atter has been appointed Entrepreneur-in-residence to stimulate entrepreneurship among Birkbeck’s students, staff and alumni as part of a new initiative to be launched on 15 October.

He will lead the Entrepreneurial Innovation programme, and will work with Birkbeck and the business community to establish the College as a centre of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial Innovation

The Entrepreneurial Innovation programme will be based in the Centre for Innovation Management Research, part of the School of Business, Economics and Informatics (BEI). The initiative comprises three core elements:

  • Starts Hub, a student-led forum delivering workshops and seminars. Hasan Siber is the founding President and Ning Baines is the President for the forthcoming year;
  • The Entrepreneurial Coaching Programme, designed to provide practical mentoring and coaching for entrepreneurial projects being undertaken by students and alumni; and
  • Successful Women in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme (SWEEP), designed to support women to take a greater role in starting and owning their own companies.

Atter will work with a wide spectrum of staff, students, faculty and the business community to help position Birkbeck as a centre of entrepreneurial innovation.

He said: “I’m looking forward to taking up my residency at Birkbeck. I have always been impressed by the College’s strong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship research, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with a new generation of entrepreneurs.”

Professor Helen Lawton Smith, Director of Birkbeck’s Centre for Innovation Management Research, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew as Entrepreuneur in Residence. He brings with him a wealth of experience and I feel sure that under his leadership the Entrepreneurial Innovation programme will deliver real benefits to our students, alumni and staff who have entrepreneurial aspirations.”

Experienced entrepreneur

Atter has more than ten years’ experience of coaching both corporate and start-up boards around the world. He is professionally qualified to Master’s level and is currently working towards his doctorate in work-based learning.

He has served on the management board of a newly listed Hong Kong company and has set up companies in several countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Poland and the UK.

Atter lives in Cambridge and has a wife and two sons. Alongside his work with Birkbeck, Andrew maintains his own coaching practice, Executive Dialogue.

You can find out more about Atter and contact him at his Linked in site.