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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.


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: 

  • How to create an incredible startup
  • App creation
  • Crowdfunding
  • Fundamentals of freelancing
  • Pitching your idea
  • Opportunities to ask your questions

Social startup

Are you passionate about tackling social problems? Do you want to make a difference to communities, people’s lives or the environment?

Join the Social Startup programme to learn how to turn your ideas into action and have an impact. This is 2-day a development programme for anyone looking to develop a sustainable social venture. Social Startup runs once a year to help students and graduates develop social enterprises to make a difference in society and make money at the same time. 

The workshop is a weekend programme designed to take an idea, develop it and prepare it to launch as a social enterprise. Develop an idea by yourself or in a team to make a positive change. 

If you don’t have an idea yet you can attend our idea generation workshop to get started.

Social startup workshops

Developing your social venture

This workshop is for anyone who wants to have a social impact but doesn’t have an idea yet.

We'll help you explore social startup opportunities you could develop through a range of resources and tools. 

If you're interested in developing an idea further after the workshop, join our Social Startup programme to explore how your thoughts can be put into action.

Register now.

The Social Startup programme is a 2 day weekend programme designed to take an idea, develop it further and prepare it for launch as a social enterprise.

Social Startup aims to inspire and support you with a range of practical tools, resources, mentoring and networking opportunities. You'll hear from other social entrepreneurs as they share their experience with you.

This year's event is 7-8 March 2020.

View the event.

The European Innovation Academy (EIA)

The European Innovation Academy is a 15-day startup programme that brings together around 300 participants from over 40 universities worldwide.

The academy combines students from around the world into small teams. You'll spend 3 weeks developing a business or social enterprise idea in your team with support from members of Silicon Valley. This includes setting up a business, creating a marketing plan, networking with other participants and pitching to professional investors.

You can apply for a small bursary to attend the academy. Applications are competitive. This programme doesn't run every year. For more information email studentstartup@port.ac.uk.

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

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