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. 

Pre-Incubator Programme

The first step for students with an early stage idea wishing to engage with Student Startups is enrolling on the Startup Pre-Inucbator programme.

The Startup Pre-Incubator Programme is designed to support you in taking those first steps in your entrepreneurial journey. Our 8 week programme includes core foundation workshops, inspirational speaker events and masterclasses. You will have opportunity to pitch for Market Validation funding of up to £500 to test the viability of your idea.

This programme is open to all students, from all disciplines.

Startup Incubator Programme

If you already have a validated business idea, and have completed the Startup Pre-Incubator Programme, the next step is to enrol in the Startup Incubator Programme.

The Startup Incubator programme is an intensive programme, designed to take you from validation to launch and to support you in building a viable and sustainable business. Participants will have access to professional services, skills development masterclasses and 1-1 mentoring from the Startup Team. There will be the opportunity to pitch for Startup funding of up to £3500 to launch and develop new ventures.

Our Startup Pre-Incubator and Incubator Programmes run in Autumn and Spring. 

For more information and for entry requirements, please visit our university web page or contact the Student Startups team.

Drop-in sessions with the Student Startup Team

The Student Startups Team host weekly drop-in sessions for students to ask us any questions. This could be if you have an initial idea you’d like to run past us and learn about the next steps, or if you are already a part of one of our programmes and would like some advice about anything relating to your business idea.

Drop-in sessions take place on Microsoft Teams at 2-3pm. Please contact the Student Startups team to access the session.

Inspiration Talks

The Student Startup Inspiration Talks are curated to bring together a diverse line-up of entrepreneurs from across different sectors and at different stages in their journey. Each event will see guest speakers give a brief talk about their startup story and then follow-up with a moderated panel-style discussion. It’s a great opportunity to be inspired by a wide range of different founders and ventures.

Inspiration Talks are open to all in the University of Exeter’s community– students, graduates, staff. It’s a great place to dive in and get a flavour of who we are and what we do.

You can find out about upcoming events and sign up to join here.

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