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Explore our workshops and events to develop your ideas, grow your business and expand your connections

Our events include workshops and networking opportunities to boost you and your business to the next level. Find out about our workshops below or see all of our events.

Enterprise clinic 

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 studentstartup@port.ac.uk to make alternative arrangements. 

 

We'll help you:

 

  • develop your ideas
  • explore a self-employed placement year
  • discuss funding opportunities
  • select which workshops best suit your idea
  • find resources to grow your business

If you're an international student we'll talk you through what you can and can't do as a student on a Tier 4 Visa, and your options upon graduation if you wish to start a business in the UK. 

Contact the Student StartUp Team to get started.


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 studentstartup@port.ac.uk

 


 

Development workshops

These workshops provide you with the tools, expertise and inspiration to generate ideas and grow these from initial concepts to fully fledged startups. Our bespoke workshops have helped over two hundred students and graduates per year develop their business ideas.

RoutetoStartup

RoutetoStartup is a series of short hands-on workshops to help you build your own business. Join us on those that are relevant to you.

RoutetoStartup Workshops

Ever wondered how business founders come up with their ideas?


Join this workshop to spark your innovation and learn to think like an entrepreneur in a safe, fun environment.


This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.


By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Have been introduced to problem solving and design thinking

  • Understand how to think like an entrepreneur

  • Learn key techniques to turn blue sky thinking into feasible business ideas.



Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Tuesday 4th October 2022

Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Tuesday 7th February 2023

 

You may think you have come up with the best thing since the sliced bread, but do others feel the same? Testing your business idea is a necessary preliminary step to identify your target market and refine your business idea with their real-world needs.


This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.


By the end of this workshop you will have:

 

  • Feedback from others on your idea
  • An improved confidence when talking to others
  • A plan of action to move your idea forward

 

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Thursday 6th October 2022

Thursday 24th November 2022

Thursday 9th February 2023

 

'A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish'. Join us for this Business Planning session - create your own roadmap that outlines your startup’s goals and the steps to reach them.

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will:

 

  • Understand 2 different approaches you can use when it comes to writing your business plan
  • Have a knowledge of the key elements which contribute to a robust business plan
  • Walk away with a template ready to complete for your own business plan

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Monday 10th October 2022

Tuesday 29th November 2022

Tuesday 14th February 2023

 

Can you identify your values and those of the team?

Your business will likely consume all of your time, so make sure you and your team are passionate about it to make it successful. It’s important that your idea is something you all truly care about, not just something you’ve targeted because it seems like it could be lucrative. 


This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know your strengths and areas for development
  • Have a greater awareness of your values and an understanding of how these affect business decisions
  • Have a plan to build Identify if you need to hire additional resources to fill any gaps

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Thursday 13th October 2022

Thursday 1st December 2022

Thursday 16th February 2023

 

As a business owner in a competitive market, you need to differentiate your business from your competitors. It is what makes you different, your unique selling point or USP, that motivates people to choose you over anyone else.


This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will have:

  • A competitor analysis of your market
  • A plan of how you will stand out from the crowd
Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Tuesday 18th October 2022

Tuesday 6th December 2022

Tuesday 21st February 2023

 

How your target market interacts with your brand, product, service, business is ever changing. Find out about the different marketing strategies you can put in place and how to develop a recognisable brand.


More and more we are seeing traditional marketing channels being replaced, and people are no longer buying into expensive glossy ads but rather buying into people. There are people who inspire us, who we relate to, and who we take notice of. This is where influencer marketing and brand advocacy come in and there is nowhere that this is happening more than social media.


This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.


By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know your customer and how best to reach them
  • Decide which marketing methods are right for your business (online, offline or both) and the cost implications
  • Develop a draft marketing plan

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Thursday 20th October 2022

Thursday 8th December 2022

Thursday 23rd February 2023

 

Making that first sale is a great feeling - seeing someone hand over their money in exchange for your product or service is a moment to be celebrated. Join this workshop to learn some top tips and sales techniques and watch your sales grow.

 

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know the difference between sales and marketing
  • Be confidence to use effective communication and sales techniques
  • Have draft template to develop your own sales strategy

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Tuesday 25th October 2022

Tuesday 13th December 2022

Tuesday 28th February 2023

 

Often the hardest part of starting a business is raising the money to get going. You might have a great idea and clear idea of how to turn it into a successful business. However, if sufficient finance can't be raised, it is unlikely that the business will get off the ground.

Raising finance for start-up requires careful planning and management of cashflow. Here we explore the options available and what is the best route for you.

 

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know the different ways to finance a business and what is right for you
  • Have draft cashflow to manage money more effectively

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

 

Thursday 27th October 2022

Thursday 15th December 2022

Thursday 2nd March 2023

 

Creating a startup comes from the seed of imagination and passion and like a seed needs sunlight and water, a startup needs certain resources to grow. To bring these resources together requires strong project management. This workshop is the beginners guide to making it all happen. So much to do, so little time - come and learn some key techniques to getting your business off the ground.


This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Become a better project manager
  • Understand how to accomplish goals faster
  • Have a project management process fit for your startup

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Tuesday 8th November 2022

Tuesday 10th January 2023

Tuesday 7th March 2023

 

When setting up in business, an understanding of the red tape is needed. By the end of this session you will have a better knowledge of the different legal entities, tax law, intellectual property law, and insurance requirements all relevant to your startup.

 

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will know:

  • What the legal 'must haves' are before starting your business
  • The difference between a sole trader and a limited company
  • Where to get help and support for your business

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Thursday 10th November 2022

Thursday 12th January 2023

Thursday 9th March 2023

 

What does it mean to be a freelancer and how do you become one?


This session will break the myths around freelancing and help you to look at the situation objectively, giving practical tips and advice on how to succeed as a freelancing newbie.

 

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.


By the end of this workshop you will know:

  • What we mean by the term 'freelance' and making a living in the Gig economy
  • How to find customers as a freelancer
  • Have a practical plan to get you started as a freelancer

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Tuesday 15th November 2022

Tuesday 17th January 2023

Tuesday 14th March 2023

 

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change. Social enterprises are in our communities and on our high streets – from coffee shops and cinemas, to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies. Find out if this is the business type for you.

 

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

 

By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Understand the different aspects that make up a social enterprise and ways in which a business can be a force for good.
  • Come away with a plan on what type of enterprise you want to operate.

Dates for this workshop are below, click on the link to book:

Thursday 17th November 2022

Thursday 19th January 2023

Thursday 16th March 2023

 

'Inspire Me'

Come and hear from entrepreneurs and founders who will share their startup journeys and top tips as part of our regular 'Inspire Me' online sessions.

It is a fantastic opportunity to learn from others, ask questions directly to someone who has been there and make valuable connections.

Check our events calendar on MyCareer for any upcoming 'Inspire Me' events!  

Opportunities

Accountancy Clinics

Get advice on a range of accountancy related topics at our Accountancy Clinic. Areas of support can cover but are not limited to:

 

  • Startup accountancy advice
  • Accessing funding
  • Basic accounts - how to set up basic spreadsheets
  • Responsibilities for end of year reporting/taxes
  • What you can claim as an expense
  • VAT advice
  • Tax planning
  • Setting up financial processes and automation
  • Payroll and pension (auto enrolment advice) 


These are bookable appointments, which can be booked via the events calendar.

 

Intellectual Property Clinic

Are you a freelancer, running your own business, developing a product or service? Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps you to stop people stealing or copying the names of your products or brands, your inventions, the design or look of your products and the things you write, make or produce.

If you have a question relating to patents or copyright for your startup book a slot here to have your questions answered by the experts at Maucher Jenkins via a video appointment.

For anything other than patent or copyright queries e.g. Trademark etc - please email studentstartup@port.ac.uk for advice.

Entrepreneurs Society

Are you a budding entrepreneur looking to network with like-minded people, find out more about enterprise and entrepreneurship or perhaps you are ready to launch or develop your own business? We are a student-led initiative looking for new members to join the society.

For more information and to join the society please email entrepreneurs@upsu.net.

Enactus Portsmouth

Do you want to tackle major issues such as homelessness, recycling or other pressing problems in your area? Do you want to advance your skills and enhance your CV? If the answer is yes then Enactus is for you!

For more information and to join the team visit Enactus Portsmouth

 YES22


YES is a global competition for postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers and technicians wishing to deploy novel science and engineering to address environmental and societal challenges and:


  • Cultivate business acumen

  • Develop enterprise skills

  • Communicate research with impact

  • Network with industry experts

  • Explore your career options

  • Enhance your CVs

  • Challenge yourself and pitch for a share of the £10k+ prize fund.


YES22 is open for applications! Take part this autumn to gain commercial awareness and business skills from leading entrepreneurs and practitioners.


Discover more at Young Entrepreneurs Scheme website or join one of the online awareness sessions.

 
  

Amazon Small Business Accelerator

A free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one. The online learning is tailored to your experience level, with a comprehensive curriculum covering website building, selling online, social media, marketing, managing cashflow, selling on Amazon, and identifying growth opportunities.

i news - 30-minute interviews

To shout about your startup why not contact alys.key@inews.co.uk. Alys is always looking for fast-growing UK businesses to speak for the i's weekly 30-second interview.

Have a look through their archive to see what kind of businesses she's been talking to.

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