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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.

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

Leonora Asomanin
Creative Director: Là Mo Designs

Alan Barrell
Professor and business angel

Heather Barrie
Founder and director: Harrie's Coffee

Kevin Briscoe
Director: Briscoe PR

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

Phil Carr
CEO: My PT Hub (Fitii Ltd)

Albert Choi
Director: Albert Choi Associates Ltd

Sarah Goodall
Founder: Tribal Impact


SJ Hunt
CEO and Company Secretary: Parity Trust

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

Shirin Lee
HR professional and owner: Mitch's Kitchen

Rachel Lowe
Owner: Rachel Lowe Limited

Jinx Prowse
CEO: Music Fusion

Graeme Quar
Head of Commercial Law: Biscoes Solicitors

Sandra Sassow
Co-founder: SEAB Energy and SEAB Power

Mark Smith
Executive chairman and founder: The Car Finance Company

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

David Thomson
CEO and founder: Suada

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


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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 Là Mo Designs

Explore our startup support

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