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Business start-up support for students

Starting a business is hard – starting a business alone is even harder! We help University of Exeter students become successful entrepreneurs through a combination of interactive workshops and events, 1-2-1 advice and by facilitating opportunities for networking and collaboration. 

Student Start-up Team

The Student Start-ups Team work with Students and graduates from any discipline and level, from undergraduates, to PhD students, to graduates. We support and advise you at whatever stage you are with your idea; from developing your concept to validating your market or registering your company to attracting investors.

The team can also assist with access to grant funding – which could be anything from a market validation grant of £500 up to a student start-up grant of £4,000.

Visit the University of Exeter's Think Try Do website to book an appointment with any of the team.


Access a wide programme of workshops delivered by the student start-ups team, including training on: Market Validation, IP, Social Media Marketing and Crowdfunding. These skills sessions equip you with the practical toolkit necessary to generate innovative ideas, create entrepreneurial solutions, undertake rigorous market validation and develop viable and sustainable new enterprises.

Workshops run in a series starting from Ideation through to Crowdfunding. They take place in in the autumn and spring terms on Wednesday afternoons from 4pm- 5.30pm. During the summer term workshops are on Wednesday lunchtimes from 12.30pm -2pm. ‘Startup Business Plan Made Easy’ workshops take place every other week on a Tuesday or Thursday from 12.30pm-1.30pm.

We run other workshops that compliment events and frequently invite guest speakers into the space as well as promote other entrepreneurial events.

You can book on to workshops on the Think Try Do website.

Entrepreneurs in Residence (EiRs)

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence bring expertise and experience in starting and growing businesses across a range of sectors and industries. They can help you avoid some of the common pitfalls of starting a business and can provide strategic advice and direction tailored to the needs of your fledgling business.