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Award-winning project director becomes Fellow

12 February 2013

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François Nel joins European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme

The founding director of the award-winning Media And Digital Enterprise (MADE) project at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has become the first new media specialist to be named as a Fellow of the European Entrepreneurship Educators Programme (3EP)

François Nel is amongst a select group of 25 UK academics and one of only 75 in Europe to have been awarded the prestigious 3EP Fellowship which aims to support and develop enterprise education.

The award was based, in part, on his work to foster successful media start-ups in the UK and Turkey.

“New technologies have certainly made it easier for media entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs to start up new enterprises, but keeping them up is much more complex."

Nel, who is also director of UCLan’s pioneering Journalism Leaders Programme, launched MADE in 2012 after his project proposal became the only UK winner of the International Press Institute’s inaugural News Innovation Contest sponsored by Google. 

“New technologies have certainly made it easier for media entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs to start up new enterprises, but keeping them up is much more complex” said Nel, whose research also focuses on innovations in online business models.

Kirsi Peura of the University of Turku in Finland and a member of the 3EP project team said: “The 3EP programme has been built to promote the entrepreneurial mind-set in Europe.

“3EP Fellows are a critical group of European educators who are making a profound impact in different levels – upon students, colleagues, institutions, and networks.”

“Successful educators who have taken things into practice in order to foster the entrepreneurial mind-set in their own educational context have been awarded in the 3EP programme with 3EP Fellowship.

“3EP Fellows are a critical group of European educators who are making a profound impact in different levels – upon students, colleagues, institutions, and networks.”

More details about the MADE project are available on the MADE blog.