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Entrepreneurial Knowledge Exchange


​Entrepreneurial Knowledge Exchange (EKE)​ activity is based on the principles of ‘Action Learning’ and is a powerful way to solve ‘real’ problems and barriers to growth which involves asking questions, trialling solutions and reflecting upon the results in small teams.

How does it work?

A small group of business owners will work together to identify and unpack business problems and formulate ways of tackling these using the experience of the group.

This has been shown to be one of the most effective ways that SME owners can learn and impact upon their business. It’s about learning through everyday stuff and from other businesses owners who can genuinely understand your perspective

The emphasis is to help individuals unpick the issue in question to arrive at ‘action points’ through insightful questioning, encouraging reflection, challenging their assumptions and offering feedback in a supportive environment.

What will I get out of this?

  • EKE networks give participants the opportunity to learn from each other and engage in shared learning
  • EKE groups provide opportunities to network, build strong cross organisational relationships and learn about other businesses
  • EKEs enable participants to deal with the kind of complex business and organisational problems which cannot easily be resolved through generic training, workshops or sector specific initiatives.

​What will it look like?

Small groups of 8-10 people (the network) meet on regular basis to find ways of understanding and solving their business challenges, problems etc. The sessions are structured to give everyone “air time” about their individual issue/challenge.

Network meetings are not about solving a problem for someone else, but helping them resolve the issue themselves through effective questioning, reflection and if appropriate the suggestion of options. The challenges/issues should not require specialist knowledge from network members or the network ‘facilitator’.

Between network meetings, each participant is charged with the responsibility of “taking action” and learning from the results (hence the term action learning). Sets have a trained facilitator to ensure that participants are asking effective questions, helping each other to resolve issues, take action and learn.

Who should take part?

Businesses up to three years old with a desire to grow and develop are encouraged to sign up for the EKE programme. Please register for a place by answering a few questions, and we’ll contact you to confirm if you are eligible for the EKE.

Participants need to be able to commit to the 6 sessions over the next 3-4 months.Place and times will be agreed at the first group,


First meeting date Wednesday, 18 October 2017 at 5.30pm and a further 5 dates will be set with participants once they have been selected. The group will be facilitated by Andrew Gilliland, Academic Group Lead for Business and Ad:Venture Academic Coordinator: for any queries.


The first session will take place at Leeds Trinity University, in room LC29 the group will decide where and when it will meet in the future.

If you are unclear as to whether your organisation fits the criteria, please email


5.30 Registration and refreshments
5.45 EKE starts
8.00 Finish


The event is free to eligible businesses and includes refreshments.

For more information contact Louise Miller at Leeds Trinity University or to register for a place at the inaugural group please click here for the Eventbrite page. 

​Ad:Venture Project – Hands-on business support for growing young businesses

Leeds Trinity University is proud to be part of AD:VENTURE, a business support programme aimed at helping businesses with real growth potential to achieve their ambitions.

If you are thinking of starting a business or you’ve recently launched your own business, it’s been trading less than three years and based in the Leeds City Region, we can offer you support. We are looking to support businesses that have ambitions to grow and create jobs.

AD:VENTURE is supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund