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Turning ideas into action

Whether you're a designer, engineer, artist or freelancer, we'll support you as you grow your business

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, we can 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.  For the time being all of our meetings have gone virtual, this includes our enterprise clinics. 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 studentstartup@port.ac.uk to make alternative arrangements. We can arrange appointments via video call or over the phone.

Enterprise Clinics

Enterprise clinics

Wednesday 2.00pm-4.00pm

Friday 9.30am-11.30am

Video chat or telephone

Book an Enterprise appointment on MyCareer

Alternatively email studentstartup@port.ac.uk

 


 

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.

More about our startup services

Accelerating Women's Enterprise

Accelerating Women's Enterprise (AWE) is a project that combines research with training and mentoring for female entrepreneurs. You can join it if you have a business idea or have already set up your business. 

The project aims to address the gender gap in entrepreneurship by helping women overcome the barriers they face when starting and growing businesses, such as age or social background, caring responsibilities, and a lack of relatable role models. 

    Register your interest in training or in being matched with a mentor. Find out more about AWE.

    Innovation Connect

    Business owners using Innovation Connect co-working space

    Innovation Connect

    Access co-working spaces, expert support, events, workshops and networking opportunities with Innovation Connect. Use our hotdesk services for free of get a 50% student discount on a full desk.

    Meet new and exciting companies and access business groups like the Female Entrepreneurs Network in our spaces and get the most out of your business.

    You can use Innovation Connect during a Self-Employment Placement (SEP) year. 

    Explore Innovation Connect
    Contact us
    • Student StartUp Team 
    • studentstartup@port.ac.uk

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