SETsquared IKEEP Programme

The University of Surrey is currently implementing an IKEEP programme (Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway), an opportunity in which your business may be interested in becoming involved with.

IKEEP is free to organisations and it allows a high-quality knowledge exchange opportunities to take place which helps enable regional businesses to develop and grow, developing business model solutions, market awareness and more while honing the talent of future graduates. 

What is IKEEP?
IKEEP programme matches teams of 3 university students (entrepreneurially trained, from different disciplines and a mix of undergraduate and postgraduates) for short 4-week part time projects totalling 210 hours through online/remote project placements.  IKEEP placements can take place with companies or charities who have a clear and innovative project for a student team to tackle.

What Type of Project’s will IKEEP Accept?

Projects are often something companies have had on the ‘backburner’ or relate to a business pivot that may be related to COVID-19. Business societal themes which the University of Surrey are actively promoting are projects based on:
1. Environmental Sustainability
2. Female Perspective
3. Collaboration
4. Internalisation and
5. COVID Resilience

When Does IKEEP Operate?
IKEEP Project Placements run on a flexible/part-time basis over 4 consecutive weeks (a total of 210 student hours across three students from different disciplines).

The next project placement rounds this year will run from the 14th of February to the 11th of March 2022.  

In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, project placements will be run remotely. Hosting a project placement through IKEEP is entirely free for participating organisations and IKEEP directly pays each student a set stipend at the end of a project. 

Steps To Take Part in IKEEP

To put forward a project brief to the IKEEP Programme, the next step would be to complete this short Project Brief Outline form, and then complete a project brief template (using the IKEEP Project Brief example attached as a guide). 

Project brief outlines for the June project placement round must be submitted before the 22nd of December 2021.

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