Having launched Wayra Enternships – a partnership designed to connect our entrepreneurial students with amazing (Telefonica-accelerated) startups – earlier this year, we felt it was about time we took this party offline and into the real world. On the 11th June the London Wayra Academy hosted the first ever Wayra Enternships Careers Fair, and His Royal Highness The Duke Of York was on hand to show his support for the venture.
Attended by 100 of the UK’s brightest and best students and graduates, the Wayra Academy opened its doors to show the inner workings of their companies – allowing job-seekers to take a look at the startup culture in the comfort of their places of work.
Not only were potential applicants able to explore these innovative places of work, they were able to ask the CEOs and core team of each company questions about their day-to-day, their missions and the startup lifestyle in general.
The Duke Of York – well known for his support of entrepreneurial ventures and encouragement of business minded youth – was keen to meet the startups themselves. as well as talking to many of the attendees about the venture, their own ambitious and the challenges they face.
Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefonica said
“Initiatives such as this one are incredibly important if we are to help nurture and develop the next generation and empower them to reap the benefits of technology. Telefónica’s Millennial Survey reveals that 76% of the millennial generation believes an understanding of technology makes it easier to get a job and that UK millennials value their digital literacy more than those in any other nation.
Wayra Enternships provides the perfect platform to help drive our economic recovery by partnering young talent with the very best digital start-ups in the UK.”
and Enternships CEO Rajeeb Dey added
“We are honoured to have The Duke of York in attendance today and it is immensely exciting to have him championing the work we’re doing. Not only does it show his passion for ensuring the youth of the UK have access to interesting, fulfilling and genuinely rewarding opportunities, it is confirmation of the fact that there’s never been a more important time to support our graduates and startups.
We are excited about the potential in connecting our young entrepreneurs with brilliant student talent and, as the Wayra Enternships platform continues to grow, we hope this message and mission reaches ambitious young people across the UK.”
For those of you familiar with Wayra and the Enternships partnership, you’ll know that we’re massively excited about the potential within the Wayra Academies to provide exciting and genuinely fulfilling opportunities to entrepreneurial students and graduates across the UK and indeed beyond. We’ve recently launched the Wayra Enternships platform in both Ireland and Munich, and hope that we can open out great jobs and internships across Europe.
The feedback from the first #WEfair has been overwhelmingly positive, from the food, to the music, to the kindness and inspiration of the companies and candidates themselves. It’s clear that a new generation of students need a new generation of career events. We’re proud to start providing them.
Enternships Community Manager