Turning ideas into action

How the Student StartUp Team can support you

Apply for up to £3000 in funding

Would you like some money to explore the viability of your business? If so, these startup grants are for you. You can apply for up to £3,000 from Santander Universities to test an idea or progress your startup to the next stage.

Learn about Student Startup Funding

Route to Startup

RoutetoStartup is a series of short hands-on workshops designed to help you build your own business. Join us from Monday 4 December for workshops to suit your needs. 


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Our student entrepreneurs are collaborative, innovative and ambitious forward thinkers.

If you're looking to develop entrepreneurial skills, get startup advice or build a business, there's not better place to do it than in the UK's most entrepreneurial city 2020 (Instant Offices). And we'll help you while you're at university and up to 5 years after you graduate.

We're here to help you get your idea off the ground or take your existing startup to the next level. We offer expert advice, workshops, co-working space, networking opportunities and lots of useful resources. We’re here to help at no cost to you and no loss of ownership; your idea is your idea.

We'll support you to create the next big thing, help others, or support yourself.

    Getting started

    If you already have an idea your first step is to discuss it with the team.  We run weekly bookable appointments which can take place face to face or by video chat. To speak to a member of the team you can book an ‘Enterprise Advice’ slot on the appointment tab of MyCareer.

    If you can't make the times on MyCareer, you can email us at to make alternative arrangements.

    Enterprise clinics

    Wednesday 2.00pm-4.00pm

    Friday 9.30am-11.30am

    In person or video chat

    Book an Enterprise appointment on MyCareer

    Alternatively email

    Self-employment placements

    You can take on a self-employed placement year (SEP) on most of our undergraduate courses. You'll do your placement between your second and third years of study, replacing the traditional placement year in industry with starting and running a business of your own. Your placement will support and develop your enterprise skills while you start and run your business or social enterprise.

    Find out more about your self-employment placement options by visiting our enterprise clinic. Your Faculty's placement office can also give you advice, support and information on doing a self-employed placement year.

    The Enterprise Programme

    It's education, but not as we know it

    The Enterprise Programme will provide you with the skills, confidence and competencies to help you become a more enterprising individual that knows how to make things happen.

    Whether your goal is to develop an enterprising mindset and skills, think in a more entrepreneurial way, become self-employed, be the boss, or start a social movement, this programme will help you to start that journey.


    Interested in getting involved?

    Sessions will be practical, engaging and nothing like the classroom. On the journey you’ll be engaging with real people, successful entrepreneurs and university staff all passionate and eager to help you become an enterprise success. You’ll also get involved in:

    • practical training and experience around telling the story of your ideas

    • learn how to collaborate, develop resilience and how to get started

    • engage in peer sessions


    When does it start?

    This year's programme has now ended, but for more information visit the Enterprise Programme website.


    Entrepreneurs in Residence

    Our Entrepreneurs in Residence can help you develop your business idea while you study with us and after you graduate.

    They're experienced business professionals who understand the challenges of starting a new business and have partnered with the University to help you build your network, and plan and market your startup. The programme is delivered through group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics. You can also attend the speaking events our entrepreneurs take part in throughout the academic year.

    The entrepreneurs can advise you on areas including:

    • Developing entrepreneurial skills

    • Exploring business ideas

    • Providing business startup advice

    • Developing business plans

    • Advising on types of funding

    • Business strategy

    • Advising on the commercialisation of your research

    • Supporting academic research

    • Accessing business networks

    Get to know our Entrepreneurs in Residence and keep an eye out for their events.


    Innovation Connect

    Innovation Connect offers business support, guidance and shared office space across the city. It can also introduce you to new and exciting local companies and startups and provide access to business networks, such as the Female Entrepreneurs Network.

    Discover more about Innovation Connect and how it can provide the office space and support you need to build your business.


    Accelerating Women's Enterprise

    Accelerating Women's Enterprise (AWE) was a project that combined research with training and mentoring for female entrepreneurs. Although the project has now ended, you can access the AWE legacy toolkit via the website, which is collection of resources created during the lifetime of the programme to support women in their business start-up journey.


    Entrepreneurs Society

    If you’re interested in networking with like-minded students, listening to business owners’ experiences, or even starting a venture of your own - come along to the UOP Entrepreneurs Society 

    If you’re a student looking to get started with the Society, email us at

    Enactus - 'Turning Interest into Action'

    Enactus Portsmouth is a non-profit student-led organisation, within the University of Portsmouth and part of the wider community of Enactus UK. We aim to make a difference within the local community and wider society, by setting up social enterprises which tackle issues in and around Portsmouth.


    • We identify issues which need tackling and carry out assessments to find solutions to these issues.
    • We build strong relationships with our communities and partnerships to ensure we tackle issues to the best of our abilities.
    • We work closely with the University of Portsmouth, providing an opportunity to all and making sure student views are heard

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    More about our startup services

    Events and opportunities

    Explore our workshops to develop your startup idea and take part in Route to Startup, Development, or Social Startup events.
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    Entrepreneurs in Residence

    Meet our entrepreneurs and find out what support and business start-up advice they offer our students, alumni and staff to launch or grow their businesses.
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    Startup Resources

    Explore our startup advice and guidance. Use these resources to develop and build your startup idea from a concept into a functional business.

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    Explore how to set up your business in the UK as an international student, and find out how we can support you

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    Meet our startups

    Meet some of our entrepreneurs and explore the businesses, ideas and successes. 

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