Every month, we feature LSBU alumni who have made notable achievements since completing their studies. Read on to find out more about this month’s profiled alumni and their success.
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Alumna of the month – November 2015
BSc Architectural Technology, 2015
Vanessa Cazaubon is a professionally qualified Architectural Technician and was recently named an LSBU Graduate Entrepreneur. She co-founded E+C Associates which offers strategy planning, implementation and training for digitally represented building design.
“You’ve got to be able to communicate well. You could have a fantastic business idea, but it will be difficult if you cannot tell people a unique story.” Having beaten stiff competition to be awarded a place on the Graduate Entrepreneur scheme, Vanessa knows a strong pitch can make the difference when competing for clients and investment.
“The business came through extensive market research and LSBU helped broaden my understanding of the industry and who are my prospective clients. E+C Associates exists to support architectural technology and develop sustainable collaboration within the construction industry.”
With a background in interior design, Vanessa is combining her skills with architecture and construction to focus on BIM (Building Information Modelling), a process that uses intelligent 3D models to inform and communicate infrastructure projects. The business also actively supports women wishing to enter the industry: “Whilst awareness of opportunities for women in the Built Environment industry is increasing, we now need to start believing in our talent.”
Vanessa believes a successful entrepreneur must be able to shine in a team culture and thrive under pressure: “It’s hard to believe, but my favourite time as a student was the most stressful part: revising for exams. I shared information with fellow students and we tested each other. It was a great way of making new friends.”
LSBU’s Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme (GES) is a unique opportunity to establish, build and grow a business. Successful applicants receive start-up funding, specialist business support and office space.