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Our experienced professionals will support you in starting and growing your business

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

Our team of experienced entrepreneurs will mentor your startup and use their experience and knowledge to help you plan, develop, network and market your business. They understand the challenges of starting a new business and will help you build your network, plan and market your startup. 

This programme is delivered through group workshops, 1-to-1 drop-in clinics, and speaking events throughout the academic year.

Advice and support

Our 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

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence

We have 20 Entrepreneurs in Residence. Find out more about them, their career journeys and the business support they can offer you by visiting their profiles on the University of Portsmouth website.

Adrian Norman
CEO: Orean Music Limited

Alan Barrell
Professor and business angel 

Ana Ambika Pindoria
Founder, Director and CEO: Hi-Juice Business Mentors

Andrew Martin
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer: Inkpact 

Anne Stevens
Independent human resource adviser, board mentor and non-executive director 

Ben Fisher
Founder and CEO: Beu and Appozon

David Thomson
CEO and founder: Suada

Faz Forhad Ahmed
Restaurant owner and founder: Akash Restaurant and 'Curry by Air'

Graeme Quar
Head of Commercial Law: Biscoes Solicitors

Heather Barrie
Founder and director: Harrie's Coffee

Jeffrey Lawrence
Director: Ardmore Healthcare Ltd

Jinx Prowse
CEO: Music Fusion

Josh Robinson
Founder: LMSUK

Kevin Briscoe
Director: Briscoe PR

Leonora Asomanin
Creative Director: Là Mo Designs

Marianne Withers
Chief Executive Officer: The Verity Centre (15) LTD

Mark Smith
Executive chairman and founder: The Car Finance Company 

Ming Wu
Product designer and co-founder: The Makers' Guild

Mitch Lee
Chef, teacher and owner: Mitch's Kitchen 

Nathan Cable
Co-founder and head of sales and marketing: Party Hard Travel

Ousmane Drame
CEO of URBOND 

Phil Carr
CEO: My PT Hub (Fitii Ltd)

Rachel Lowe
Owner: Rachel Lowe Limited

Rebecca Beard and Kay Coombes
HR Consultant and Company Director: Peas in a Pod Consulting Ltd

Sarah Goodall
Founder: Tribal Impact

Sandra Sassow
Co-founder: SEAB Energy and SEAB Power

Shaheed Peera
Founder: The Creative Floor and FCB Health  

Shirin Lee
HR professional and owner: Mitch's Kitchen

Simon Gardiner
Cofounder and Director: Carrington West

Profile image of entrepreneur in residence Leonora Asomanin

I am thrilled to be an Entrepreneur in Residence. I envisage inspiring young women like myself to pursue their dreams, regardless of background and gender

Leonora Asomanin , Creative Director of La Mo Designs

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