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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 

Our enterprise clinics are regular drop in sessions where you can receive one-to-one advice and guidance. 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. 

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 how to apply for a start-up visa.

Contact the Student StartUp Team to get started.

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

 


 

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

Our startup development programme includes four short interactive workshops, ad-hoc specialist sessions, occasional meet-ups and mentoring. These workshops run throughout the year. 

RoutetoStartup workshops

Interactive workshops to help make your idea a reality.

This workshop will: 

  • Test your ideas
  • Explore the myths and realities of startups
  • Identify models and approaches
  • Understand your values and ambition

This workshop will help you identify: 

  • Who is your customer? 
  • How do you reach them? 
  • Basic principles of sales and marketing

This workshop will help you identify: 

  • Who are your competitors? 
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your idea
  • What makes your idea stand out? 

This workshop will explore:

  • Costing and pricing
  • Revenue streams
  • Cashflow

Entrepreneur's lounge

These workshops introduce guest speakers to present on key business topics. You'll listen to subject talks and have the chance to ask specific questions about your startup. Subjects include: 

  • Going from a student to successful entrepreneur
  • Marketing and branding your startup
  • How to disrupt a competitive market and stand out
  • Building your website
  • How to start an animation studio from your bedroom
  • Are you investment ready?

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.

Join the Enactus Portsmouth team today!

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!

This is the first year of Enactus Portsmouth and the team are looking for new members to join them in making a difference in our local area in Portsmouth

For more information and to join the team visit Enactus Portsmouth

House Hack - Innovation Challenges

The Innovation Challenges are one-day events hosted once every 4 weeks with students from across the UK and the World helping you to network, develop skills and make a tangible impact on real businesses during lockdown. 

"A remarkable experience to learn and explore about business consulting and how individuals with different disciplines can come together and innovate new ideas. A must for those interested in working in the business and enterprising industry!"

"This event really helped me develop my creative thinking and time management. It was great to be given a real life business to work on and figure out a solution to help them, it was really enjoyable."

Varsity Pitch 2021

The Tata Varsity Pitch 2021, as powered by NACUE has officially begun, and now they are on the hunt for the best student and graduate businesses across the UK. If you have graduated after 2016 and you are currently running a business, or you have a business idea that could be the next big thing. This opportunity is for you. With just a click of a button and a short 60-second video pitch, you could be in for the chance of winning a £15,000 equity free, a national title, and a great networking opportunity to get your business in front of a number of impressive companies. Applications close on Friday 3rd September 12.00pm (BST). 

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.

IdeasLab

IdeasLab is an inclusive global community for student entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and be supported on their entrepreneurial journey.  

Visit their website to find out more.

Follow them on Instagram & Twitter: @ideaslabglobal

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