Dr. Panos G. Piperopoulos

Dr. Panos G. Piperopoulos has written 101 posts for mnmstudents

Newcastle students take ideas to the lions

Students from across Newcastle University showed off their business acumen at the second N.U. Lions’ Den event.

The event is designed to encourage fledgling businesses and student start-up companies to exhibit their products and services to a room full of North East business experts. The Newcastle University Business School event, in collaboration with the Benefactors’ Fund for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, the NU Marketing Society and the NU Alumni Association, saw engineering student, Ed Stephenson, crowned the winner of the £10k prize package.

Ed caught the lions’ attention with his business idea, MetiNet, an online communication tool designed to help with project management across international borders in the construction industry. The Lions’ Den judging panel consisted of: Martin Stanley, Business School graduate and co-founder of Ground Six; Rob Earnshaw, founder of the National Youth Film Academy; Daniela Meyhoefer – and the team from brand consultancy company – Violet Bick; and Peter Nelson, serial entrepreneur and IT guru.

MetiNet were announced as the champions in a Dragons’ Den style final ceremony following a confident product pitch in front of the judging panel and audience members. The event organising committee, made up of five Business School students, initially asked for online submissions from businesses, which included a video proposal, before whittling entries down to 22 teams.  They were then invited to attend the final event to pitch their ideas in front of the lions.

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Harvard economics graduate discusses foreign exchange strategy at the Business School

A world-leading financial expert visited the Business School to discuss the complexity of creating and applying strategy to a trillion dollar, global market.

Dr Athanasios Vamvakidis, managing director and head of Forex strategy in Europe for the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch (BAML) in London, recently presented to Business School students and staff, and external guests, about his role; managing a five trillion dollar-a-day global market.

Forex is the world’s largest 24-hour market for the trading of currencies, and Dr Vamvakidis’ presentation revealed the never ending challenges of analysing and forecasting short and long-term trends in G10 currencies, as well as the current global, EU and British economic trends.

Dr Vamvakidis, who worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 15 years and achieved a PhD in economics from Harvard University, was introduced to the audience by the Director of the Business School, Professor John Wilson.

Following his comprehensive presentation the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions, which focused on more in-depth aspects of the Foreign Exchange Market.

To read/hear more about Dr Vamvakidis’ and his view on Scottish independence please click on one of the links below:

ITV (borders)

World class expert advises on Scotland’s fiscal future
Scotland would need to ‘take great care’ over pound

The Journal newspaper

Currency expert warns independent Scotland would mean uncertainty for North East

How to prepare yourself for entering the job market

It’s taken a few years, but after plenty of classes and assignments you’re finally ready with your degree in hand to march into the world of work. Universities may prepare you with all of the knowledge and need to know business guidance, but what they don’t prepare you for is the long wait after university, when you’re looking for your perfect job.Unique Magazines

Sometimes it can take a lucky few just a couple of months to find their ideal job, while others may have to find a job in a different area until one comes up within their preferred industry. To get ahead of the game and not have to deal with this type of situation, it’s best to start looking months before graduating.

Balancing university work and other priorities can be a struggle, so use the sources at hand like social networking sites to gain a presence in your chosen industry. Sites such as LinkedIn are a great way to build and engage with people, and you know what they say – it’s sometimes about who you know, not what you know, that can get you that lucky break!

Insider Jobs are a good company to follow on Twitter; they give you advice and alert followers when there’s a job on offer. They also have a website called Simply Hired, where you can find a range of jobs in various categories. Even if you can’t apply yet it would be a good idea to check what they’re looking for and see if you can add those skills to your CV before leaving university. Continue reading

Newcastle University Lions’ Den

Image 1 Facebook Cover Photo“Nurturing entrepreneurship, creating opportunities  & connecting minds”


The  Newcastle University Business School in collaboration with the Benefactors Fund for Enterprise and Innovation, the NU Marketing  Society and the NU Alumni  Association will host  the second annual N.U. Lions’ Den on the 26th of March 2014.

We  welcome any student with an entrepreneurial ambition to enter the competition.  That means those with an idea, those just starting out, and those looking to  grow their existing business. The only catch is that we are looking for students  serious about entrepreneurship and business growth.

And  because this is the biggest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the  Newcastle University, there’s an excellent prize package on offer – worth over £10,000 to the winner of the  competition!

The  event is an incredible opportunity for enterprising students to showcase their  zest for entrepreneurship and their business ideas to the wider public, get  press coverage and more importantly connect with like-minded individuals and  business people.

Place: The event will be held in The Venue at the Students’ Union (building 5 on the map) on the campus of the  Newcastle University (Kings Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QB) from 3p.m. – 6  p.m., Wednesday the 26th of March, 2014.

For  information about this event please contact Celine Prinse at lionsden14@gmail.com/  07950099920

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M&M Blogspot – 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2014 CITY Summer Internship Program

City Internships – 2014 Summer Internship Program – General Information

The Summer Internship Program is a launch pad into the most prestigious, rewarding and intellectually stimulating careers.

City InternshipsThe program operates in the world’s leading cities – London, New York, Los Angeles & Hong Kong – and provides an immersive and formative experience that is focused on enabling undergraduates and graduates to convert their skills, ambition and academic accomplishment to real-world success.

  • 8 Week Internship Placement
  • Social Events & Excursions
  • Daily Transportation
  • Accommodation*
  • Meal Plan
  • Career Seminars, Guest Speaker & Networking Events
  • Welcome Reception, Orientation & Closing Reception
  • Intensive Language or Professional Training Course*
  • CV Revision & Interview Coaching
  • 24/7 On-site Staff Support
  • Academic Credit
  • Post-program career services through City Careers

Learn more at www.city-internships.com/Prospectus.pdf. To apply, visit www.city-internships.com/apply.

To apply, visit www.city-internships.com/apply

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Becoming Globally Employable!

This free event has been brought to you by the Global Experience Opportunity (GEO) team.
GEO is a programme of activities created by the Business School to provide students with study and work opportunities designed to develop their global employability.
GEO – Giving you the new perspectives to be a 21st Century business leader.
Professor Roy Sandbach

About the event
Tuesday 3 December, 17.00 – 19.00 Venue: Newcastle University Business School

Click here to book your free place >

A career in the global corporation is attractive to many. But what competencies do you really need to complement your degree, not only get that first job but also progress your career within a multinational?
Professor Roy Sandbach, with a career spanning over 30 years at Procter and Gamble (P&G), will provide a lens on this vital question based on his own experience and, more importantly, on the expectations multinationals have from young managers today. Roy will reveal how his experiences of international mobility influenced his career progression within P&G.
GEOFeaturing the finale of our latest GEO competition and festive treats, all students are invited to join this GEO event, providing the chance to find out more about Erasmus, Study Abroad, international placements and exclusive internships with the Reserve Bank of India.
Take this opportunity to engage with students who have taken part in such experiences, ask questions and get connected with Roy Sandbach and Marc Lintern, Director of Newcastle University’s Careers Service.
With the deadlines for such opportunities fast approaching, this is an event not to be missed!  With just 50 places up for grabs, book early and take that very first step to develop your global experience

Faceifi: Social Facial Recognition

Faceifi“Why can’t I find out more about the people I see in photographs?”

You can use Faceifi to discover new people using just a photo and create a profile yourself so that others can discover you. Search faces in photographs online or straight from your camera. Why? Because it’s good to get to know people and see what makes them tick.

Faceifi is an opt-in platform. We’re big on privacy and security. If you want to decide where your face takes people, this is for you. Link to your social media accounts, your website, your blog… or anywhere you like online.

Tens of thousands of people are now using Faceifi to find people in photographs. Try running Faceifi to see where the people in your photos take you.

You can sign up or download the app free via http://faceifi.com/

Download on App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/faceifi/id668005561?ls=1&mt=8

Download on Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.groundsix.faceifi

Ps. We’re a startup company and are working hard to get better. If you would like to give us your feedback or thoughts on Faceifi and how you think we could improve it, we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch via hello@faceifi.com or on Twitter @Faceifi.

CIMA Global Business Challenge

Are you a future business leader?

The CIMA global business challenge is an international business competition designed to bring out the CIMA GBCbest in the young business leaders of tomorrow. This is a great opportunity for students around the world to showcase their talent in business management.

The competition is run in three stages. Teams of four act as consultants and compete amongst teams within their country or region at the early stages. The winning team then proceeds to the global final, representing their country or region in the battle for the global champion final.

You and your team could win an all expenses paid trip to India for the global final as well as numerous other prizes at various levels of the competition!

For more information, visit  www.cimaglobal.com/gbc

Career Development Week

It’s never too early to start planning for your future

We are all too aware of the many challenges facing students in today’s tough job market. Building on the success of last year’s event, it is our ultimate goal to bring you the biggest and most exciting Career Development Week yet!careerdev

Whether you know exactly what you want after graduation, or whether you have no idea of what lies ahead, Career Development Week exists to advise you on all aspects of your future plans and will help give you an insight into your possible career options.

There will be a range of opportunities on offer that will help advance your career preparation. Our dedicated careers service will help you market yourself effectively to employers, whilst our placement fair will give you the chance to meet some of the top players in your chosen field and make your name known!

There will also be other sessions tailored to enhance your skills needed for the workplace such as a Business Game workshop and we will be inviting some of the leading business people to talk about their experiences throughout their career. Continue reading

Survival guide to renting in Newcastle

If you’re preparing to move out of halls you’ve either had the most amazing year of your life, or, have been trapped in a living hell. Your living experience during the first year of university can be very hit or miss: the good news is, when it comes to renting, you have a little more say in the matter.

Live with your friends

You should live with people that you get along with. You’ve probably heard a hundred horror stories about people that rush into these contracts and get stuck with people they don’t like. To avoid making the same mistake, think long and hard about the people you could live with. Are they people you feel comfortable around? Are they financially responsible? Are they easy going?

If life ran smoothly with your flatmates in halls, keep the ball rolling and find a flat together. If not, try join up with the friends you’ve made on your course. You’re going to be spending a lot more time with these people, so don’t be pressured into a group if you see ‘disaster’ written all over it.

Choose your location

Three of the most popular student rental spots in Newcastle are Jesmond, Heaton and the city centre. The area you choose will depend on what type of student you are. Continue reading

The PITCH 2013/4 Student Competition

Want to find out if you’ve got what it takes when the heat is on, the chips are down and you only have a matter of hours to pull off the pitch of your career?

If you’re serious about a career in marketing then you seriously need to take part in this unique opportunity.The Pitch

Working in a team, developing a marketing strategy, handling budgets and presentation skills will all be required for you to enter ‘The Pitch’.

If you think you could be good enough to enter ‘The Pitch’ then find out more at www.cim.co.uk/thepitch

Any student, who is studying a marketing qualification in the UK (including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) or Ireland, can apply.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 November 2013 and you must submit your entry by Sunday 15 December 2013.

Contact details or for more information:


Unilever, a leading consumer goods company, makes some of the world’s best loved brands: Dove, Flora, Tresemmé, Lynx, Comfort, Knorr, Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s and Marmite to name a few. 150 million times a day, someone somewhere chooses a Unilever product. Our products are sold in 190 countries and we employ 171,000 people globally.Unilever

Around the world, Unilever products help people look good, feel great and get more out of life. Each results from deep thought, hard work, and carefully applied skills.

Unilever want students and graduates with the will to lead others in driving these brands forward.

We offer opportunities for the following:

-Spring Programme (For 3 days in April 2014 you will take part in a business challenge where you will learn about different areas of our business, meet senior leaders, attend social events and develop your skills. On the final day you will take part in the Selection Day for our summer and industrial placement programmes. For first year students, or students in their second year of a 4 year course)

-Summer Placement (12 week placement for students who have completed 2 years of qualification by the start of the programme, Starting in July 2014)

-Industrial Placement (12 month placement for students who have completed 2 years of qualification by the start of the programme. Starting in July 2014)

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M&M graduate success at the Business School

96 talented Marketing and Management students graduated from the Business School in July, and their success was celebrated during its annual undergraduate awards reception. The students attended their graduation ceremony at the prestigious King’s Hall within Newcastle University’s Armstrong Building.

9341365195_f48e7fe216_oFollowing their formal congregation, the students with their friends and families celebrated in style with a champagne reception and awards presentation. 3 graduates received awards, which included best graduating student, best final year performance and best dissertation.

Newcastle University Business School’s Director, Professor John Wilson said: “The congregation ceremonies at the Business School are one of the highlight events for both students and our academics. It gives us the chance to acknowledge the effort and achievements of our students during their time with us, and to congratulate them on their success.”

To look at pictures from the day, follow the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nubizschool/sets/72157634750107572/

Squared Industry Report 2013

26 young marketeers launch state of the industry report in conversation with 48 industry leaders addressing the challenges of the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Download “The Squared Report 2013″

Over 6 weeks, 26 young advertisers from 22 companies have been immersed in the digital world by taking part in Squared, a Google-led programme in partnership with Impact and the IPA, designed to empower the leaders of today and tomorrow to drive the industry [r]evolution. Not only have they learnt how to use digital channels but they have also been challenged to rethink their approach to learning and handling change whilst working in creative and efficient teams. 

 IMG_1672Join the conversation and become part of the industry [r]evolution.

The Squares (as they are known) have spoken to leaders within their organisations to understand the challenges that they face with the extreme pace of change of technological and social advances in the digital landscape. Here, heads of organisations such as L’Oreal, Pizza Hut Delivery, Fiat, Cancer Research UK and more answer 6 key questions about the industry and the way they work to start an industry conversation on how, together, we can keep up with and drive growth in the dynamic marketing world.

With a foreword by Nico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud and Squared mentor, “The Squared Report 2013” addresses the issues that we face in developing campaigns, creating content and maintaining relationships with our customers. Continue reading

Newcastle students win big at Santander and Young Enterprise competition

Students from Newcastle University Business School were named Runners Up for the Santander Best Overall Start Up Company 2013 Award at the national final.

Solo impressed the panel of judges with their company, providing sportswear to the pole fitness market. The company showed strong market knowledge of the sport, which is growing in popularity and under consideration for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics. ?????????????????????????????????

The team beat off stiff competition from nine other start-up companies from universities across the UK to be named Runners Up for the top award.
Marketing and Management student Harriet Skinner from team Solo said:

“The day was fantastic, it was great to be surrounded by so many ambitious people and we were very pleased to have such good feedback. It is not easy to explain a business with such negative preconceptions in a limited time, but the team did very well. Solo aim to provide fashionable clothing that is tailored for pole dancing. Solo apparel is beautifully cut to accentuate women’s physique, whilst providing an expression of individuality within the design.  Solo aim to end the struggle for fashionable pole clothing, so that the dancers do not have to modify their clothing to make it look or fit better.” Continue reading

If We Can, You Can challenge

Do you have a business idea or recently set up on your own? The Entrepreneurs Forum is looking for the best early stage enterprises in the North East to take part in this year’s ‘If We Can, You Can Challenge’.if-we-can-logo

Competition winners will receive a prize worth over £17,000, which could include business investment; financial mentoring; legal advice; accounting, tax and growth mentoring; full IT audit and a complimentary place at the Entrepreneurs’ Forum November 2013 and May 2014 annual conferences.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Entries close at midnight on the 7th June 2013.
  • We welcome anyone with entrepreneurial ambition to enter the Challenge – that means those with an idea, those just starting out, and those looking to grow their existing business. The only catch is that we are looking for people serious about business growth.
  • The regional press is right behind us, chomping at the bit to feature the entrepreneurial stories of our entrants. They’re almost as passionate as we are to get the region’s small, ambitious businesses into the spotlight.
  • We’re not computer droids here – there are genuine people running the competition, based in the region, so please don’t hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email if you have any questions or just fancy a chat about the Challenge.
  • Make sure you make the most of this opportunity. We’ll be running a host of free events for you to come along to throughout May, each one aiming to inspire and share valuable learning and knowledge with you from existing entrepreneurs and some of the region’s most successful corporate organisations.

… and don’t forget, you’ve gotta be in it to win it!

Just head on over to our ‘Enter the Challenge’ section and download the entry form.  It could be the best decision you ever make!

Get Inspired. Be Inspiring.

The Peter Drucker Challenge 2013

Introduced in 2010, the Drucker Challenge was conceived as an essay contest to raise awareness of the works and ideas of Peter Drucker among young people – the new generation poised to build on a management philosophy that puts the human being at its center. Peter Drucker Challenge

In 2013 we are expanding the Drucker Challenge with a new option: The Drucker Challenge Video Contest. Our hope is that submissions in this lively format will bring a fresh infusion of energy and inspiration, and new clarity to what can be complex and abstract concepts.

Participants in the Challenge can now choose to submit either an essay or a video – or both, to maximize their chances of winning.

Prizes are awarded to the best 40 entries, including a cash prize of EUR 1,000 to the first-prize winners in the essay respectively video contest. The overall winner in the essay and video contest is awarded a cash price of EUR 4,000.

Both contests are designed to complement and enrich the interdisciplinary exchange of views and ideas at the annual Global Peter Drucker Forum. This year’s event in Vienna (14-15 Nov 2013) focuses on the theme of Managing Complexity.

Click here for more information about how to participate: http://essay.druckerchallenge.org/

Entrepreneurial students leave Lions’ Den with £1000 award

Brave Newcastle University students have emerged from the Lions’ Den with £1000 in cash, mentorship and awards after impressing with their business potential. Five winning teams from the university were announced as the first N.U Lions’ Den winners after impresing judges with their ability to generate profits with their business models. Over 250 attendees visited teams of enterprising Newcastle University students to help choose the best businesses to go on and face five entrepreneurial Lions’ Den judges.14170527b8db61d2e830b8d940faf2eda1d54ebc

The event, held at the Students’ Union, and run in collaboration with Newcastle University Business School’s alumni association and marketing society, saw hundreds of attendees invest fake money into the most profitable student business. Newcastle University Business School students accounted for one third of the 34 exhibiting student businesses at the event.

The businesses ranged from, vintage clothing companies and coffee cup advertising ventures, to organisations such as Creature Encounters that aimed to teach people about unusual animals, like snakes and pygmy hedgehogs, by bringing them to parties and events. Teams from Sunderland University and Newcastle College also showcased their businesses; indicating that this event has the potential to expand in the region. Continue reading

Don’t just hope – make your own career

In ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, the character Christopher Gardner Jr. tries to entertain his distracted father on a brisk walk through busy San Francisco, with the following story:

‘There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said “Do you need help?” and the man said “No thanks, God will save me”. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said “No thanks, God will save me”, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man asked God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said “I sent you two big boats, you dummy!’ pg-14-Pursuit-of-Happyness

It is perhaps a bit of a convoluted metaphor for the plight of the soon-to-be graduate (and God forbid I should compare the state with, well, God), but it is relevant nonetheless. The analogy lies in the opportunities we may happen to miss, just as the drowning man overlooked his saviours. It’s easy to simply resign ourselves to fate, to keep our heads down at university and have faith that the current job market ‘abyss’, as it was described by NUS outgoing President Liam Burns last week, will have improved by the time we graduate.

Indeed as most students will have been doing exactly that for the last four years, one pities those who can do so no more – the supposedly ‘doomed’ graduates of summer 2013. In two months they will be faced with reality, while the rest of us can cling on to the relative luxury of helpless optimism, for a year or two more. When over 1m young people can expect to be unemployed this year, what can any student do, but hope? Continue reading


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