On July 30th, 2020, Gaston Chee, CEO of LC Venture and Co-founder of BeGo Education, will be speaking at The Big Engineering Work Experience Week 2020. The online workshop is scheduled to take place from the 27th – 31st of July. Gaston is scheduled to speak on 30th July on the topic of ‘The Engineering of Entrepreneurship’ – where he will be sharing his experience and insights accumulated from ten years plus of his entrepreneurial journey that began in the UK. 

He will be joined by lead innovators and engineers who will be sharing on topics ranging from engineering, architecture, tech and entrepreneurship. The excellent line-up of over a dozen speakers includes Catherine Rankine, senior structure Engineer at ARUP and IET nominee,  Peter Bonfield from IET, Anne-Marie Imafidon, Co-founder of Stemettes and the youngest to ever graduate with Master’s degree from the University of Oxford and Samuel Elegebede, Senior Telecommunication Engineer at WSP and many others. Distinguished speakers from Google, JOMAS Associates, AECOM, ATKINS, Co-Creation Hub, Outer, Sworders and others will be engaged in five days of exciting immersive talks, learning sessions and design activities. Each speaker is a leading innovation or creative force in their field.

This year, the event is organised by Yewande Akinola MBE (Member of the order of the British Empire) from AFBE – UK (Association for Minority Ethnic Engineering in the UK) – a chartered engineer and Lead Innovator at LAING O’ ROURKE . Akinola is a winner of the distinguished Young Women Engineer of the Award in the UK in 2012 and has led many sustainability projects in the UK, East Asia, and in Africa. Two other organisations will also be partnering with AFBE- UK, the OIW (Our Ingenious World) a project that aims to engage and connect people in the engineering world and WomENG, (Women in Engineering), a capacity-building organisation that supports women in engineering globally through a series of robust programming and interventions. These organisations have been championing the cause for minority ethnic groups and young women in the field and they are credited for yearly organising various workshops, inviting the most accomplished young engineers and technologists from the UK and around the world. 

Last year’s engineering week focused on STEM learning and was enthusiastically attended by 50,000 participants from over 850 schools. These events are a great opportunity for career engineers and technologists to promote ingenuity and creativity in the field and they usually attract sponsorship from EngineeringUK, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the National Centre for Computing Education among others. 

Gaston’s talk will focus on the engineering of entrepreneurship. Kicking-off with a unique insight into entrepreneurship in his talk on unmasking Entrepreneurship, he will continue to share his entrepreneurial journey to China, where he will focus his over 10 years of experience that began in the UK. The talk will wrap-up with his final talk – Beyond EntrepreneurshipThe event is expected to be attended by thousands of senior students and recently graduated from around the world.

Gaston’s entrepreneurial journey began when he was studying Business and Engineering at Warwick. He set up his first business in 2009, supporting Asian students upon their arrival in the UK. Today, he is an experienced consultant in providing advisory and investment consulting to governments and businesses in industries from infrastructure to entertainment.

In 2012, Gaston ventured into the Chinese market and set up a branch office in Beijing. In 2015, he co-founded LC Venture, a consultancy and advisory firm registered in the UK. Under his leadership, LC Venture expanded its operation in China via the acquisition of BeGo, a Chinese service brand providing education consultancy and lifestyle skill learning in China. He has since built BeGo Education into a reputable brand in the education industry in China. BeGo Education was nominated twice in 2014 and 2016 as the finalist of The British Business Awards.

In 2017, Gaston was elected to the ‘at large’ position on the Executive Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, making him the youngest non-British committee member. In the same year, he created and launched the China Going Global (CGG) forum. Through CGG, Gaston has specialised in offering two-way assistance – Chinese SMEs to go global and foreign businesses and companies to access the Chinese market. To date, he has successfully helped found and expand many Chinese businesses and partnerships in the UK, the EU, Cyprus and Africa.

Gaston is also a regular speaker at professional and corporate events and he has spoken at various events in the UK, Cyprus, China and the US. These events are attended by business representatives and professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Engineering Work Experience Week is attended by senior students and recent graduate in engineering and architecture fields. These yearly events offer them a unique insight into the engineering career and work. Participants are required to engage in breakout sessions and participate in feedback sessions. Upon delivering a short report on the week, a certificate of participation will be issued to each participant.

Registration for the event is currently closed. However, you can send your inquiries about the event to : info@lcventure.com