Katie Wray

Katie Wray

I am a Lecturer in Enterprise. I develop enterprise and entrepreneurship in the Science, Agriculture & Engineering Faculty at Newcastle University, UK.


Location Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Welcome Ricky!

  • Hi Helen,
    Well done for making it this far and for building an interesting summary to your idea. We would love to award you the People's Choice prize. Please email us at nclmoocs@ncl.ac.uk and we will be in touch about spending some time with you to support the development of your ideas! Well done! Best Wishes

  • I would add 'resilience' to your 'determination' I think the 2 come together.

  • The harder you work, the luckier you get Fran!

  • Your customer pains are the reasons why there is a need for your business, what did you notice which gave you confidence to start? Was it that there are not enough training companies offering this to serve the demand, was it that you had found a mechanism/process to connect people etc. You might also ask yourself how you have refined your offer based on more...

  • Great thoughts and links here Steve. It was during my podcast that I gave the provocation that procrastination is a call for change in us. Many of my students identify the problem that they can't get out of bed in the morning, and come up with ideas for alarm clocks that cannot be switched off without solving a maths challenge or other such task. I ask them if...

  • I am enjoying your comments Steve. I think the hardest part to actually do is 'identifying the right need'. I hope that this course emphasises that point, and invites learners to explore their interests until they find insight into a need that they just can't stop thinking about.

  • Welcome Steve!

  • Welcome to the course everyone. We are looking forward to working together to identify problems and insights, and thus seek opportunities to make change. Let's get started!

  • Hello W Wine, welcome to the course. You are already ideating in thinking about translating ideas from other countries to your own. I would add to your customised apparels idea that as well as it being different to others, it needs to be linked to demand. I hope you find some tools to help you find insights into demand throughout this course. Katie

  • I am intrigued about your secret business name Deborah, do let us know via Facebook when it is live and we can spread the word!

  • Beautiful glass work Ann-Kristin. I really like everything that people have added on the padlet, that works very well.

  • Elen, your blog is great! Perhaps you would consider sharing this on Twitter using the #FLEntShed? You have really considered the environment (shed) through your posts so far.

  • It will be great to hear your feedback once you have had a look around if you don't mind, given your experience, we would find it very useful. Please feel free to get in touch, you know where I am! :)

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    Thank you very much Angie, this is an excellent and reassuring summary which allows everyone in the shed to realise their progress so far.

  • Hi Elen, I use electronic sticky notes that are already on my computer. I am not sure how universal these are, but I find them very useful, keeping them there in the corner in case of any sparks and to-do items.

  • Great Peter!

  • Start with problems Aneeqa rather than ideas.

  • Better late than never Monique, enjoy the course :)

  • Hello, you are not too late, there is plenty going on! Now that you are registered, the course will remain open for you to work through it as thoroughly as you can. There are significant advantages to doing the course whilst it is live, as our mentors and the other participants are more active, and ready to give you feedback and insights into your ideas. All...

  • It will be great to see how your experience in the Shed works with your learning and development on your business innovation course, a potentially great combination!

  • Hi Dawn, keep looking deeper into the problems that you are passionate about, that is a great place to start. :)

  • Hi Derek, you'll catch up! The course remains open beyond it's 'live' dates. As you go through the course you will be challenged to 'reverse engineer' the ideas that you have and get back into the problem that you are looking to solve and how real the problem is, and crucially, the demand for what you want to do is. I think you will like the approach, to...

  • Insightful already Kevin!

  • I envy the way in which mechanical engineers' minds work. I hope you can use your natural ability for problem solving together with your experience and the framework of this course to find your opportunity Jhon.

  • An ambitious and impactful opportunity Zohra, all the best with finding how you can make a contribution within this challenge.

  • Hi Aneeqa, if you identify a problem, are able to undertake research through and beyond the course to validate the need, and can use what you learn to identify an opportunity that, when you talk with your target market, are interested in what you have to offer, then yes, give it your best. Good Luck!

  • Hi Derek, I hope this course delivers for you!

  • Welcome David!

  • Hi Deborah, 3.12 will invite you to share in our second peer review whether you have collected insights and drawn any conclusions about whether there is an opportunity within the problem/idea that you have been exploring so far. If you do this you will receive some feedback from peers on the course and/or our mentors. I hope you find it useful, Katie

  • Hi Teresa, we have collated all of the tools in the shed, and those that have been shared through the course runs so far. We will be sharing them with you later...it's becoming a great resource :)

  • Welcome Fiona, get stuck in!

  • Freddie, great feedback. The Value Proposition Canvas is available as Creative Commons, which also invites you to make and share additions and suggestions. Do you have any suggestions to improve it further to support your mapping?

  • Hi Deborah, it's so good to have people like Simon and our other mentors sharing their experience, and encouraging others to do so too, what you summise is incredibly valuable. See you in week 3!

  • Hi Elizabeth, have you posted about problems that you have identified that you would be interested to address? If you do, or if you use the Peer Review to write your thoughts in a more structured way then everyone in the shed can see if we can contribute some insights to help you make sense of the problem. I hope we can all work together to find the beginnings...

  • Creative Commons is wonderful Evelize, people make great tools and share them with us, then we use them and share them back again! I hope you find the tool useful :)

  • Thank you Bruce!

  • How do you feel about YouTube Su? I often head to YouTube for book synopses and reviews before committing to buy the full text. [probably not what I should be recommending as an academic, but i'm being entrepreneurial!]. Hopefully, you can use that to convince yourself, as these really are great books!

  • pains and gains :)

  • I like your thinking here Vyvyan. I work best under pressure, and come up with my better ideas at the busiest of times. Pareto's 80/20 law applies to many many things. Under this format, employees spend time doing interesting things, which are not their usual job and may spark ideas..so exactly as you do Kazzy.

  • Ha, I love this! :)

  • Hello again Alison, your comment made me smile. In some of the videos our guests tell us that they experienced this, and so now they give away as many ideas as possible, so that they get to see their new ideas happen! Deborah is right, if you are collecting insight and evidence that what you think is needed is needed (and that this is grounded in reality) then...

  • This sounds very interesting Emily. Yes, you could spend some time almost reverse engineering your ideas through the course to get back to the problem-phase. This will allow you to explore the insight that you have collected so far which demonstrates a need that is real, identifiable and most of all rewarding for you both. Good luck!