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Student Start-ups

The Student Startup team focus on identifying and fostering the startup ambitions of University of Exeter Students across all campuses, colleges and disciplines.

The Student Startups programme helps students to develop a more entrepreneurial mindset and equips them with the practical toolkit necessary to inspire innovative ideas and create entrepreneurial solutions.

Through the Pre-Incubator and Startup Incubator core programmes, students learn how to undertake rigorous market validation and develop and launch viable and sustainable new enterprises. This is done through a combination of interactive workshops and events, 1-2-1 advising and by facilitating opportunities for networking and collaboration. Our goal is to provide inspiration, training, guidance, support and funding opportunities to promote, nurture and enable entrepreneurship during university and post-graduation.

For all queries please contact or to find out more about Student Startups click here:            STUDENT STARTUPS

Meet the Student Startup Team and find out about their background and expertise. 

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Emily Davies - Student Start-up Manager

Emily designs and delivers programmes to foster an entrepreneurial culture: broadening access to entrepreneurial education and skills development and nurturing and developing student and graduate start-up businesses.

She has also been creating and developing connections between the University and the wider start-up community in and around Exeter to showcase the networks and opportunities available in the Southwest and to further enrich the support and advice available to students.

Emily has a broad range of experience across a range of different sectors. She is also an independent music artist and live events producer.

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Jeni Reeve, Student Startups Community Manager

Jeni supports our core startup programmes and the students enrolled, as well as providing more focused support for Engineering students to explore entrepreneurship via 1-2-1 sessions, workshops and student competitions including the Elevate: Engineers In Business Competition. Jeni also works with our growing community of alumni startups, engaging with their ongoing entrepreneurial journey and the opportunity to share their experiences with our student cohorts.

Since graduating from Exeter in 2013, Jeni has worked predominantly in PR, branding and marketing, across a variety of industries including FMCG, tech and retail & leisure. Alongside her role at Student Startups, Jeni runs her own artisanal food business, which she founded in 2017.

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Nicholas Pearson, Student Startups Programme Officer (Penryn)


Nick works on the start-up and research commercialisation programmes for the University of Exeter in Cornwall, supporting the talented staff and students through workshops and one-to-one coaching to develop their business ideas or research discoveries into start-ups that are innovative, impactful and resilient for the future.

Nick's background is in entrepreneurship, building businesses in the media, creative and live event sectors. For the last seven years he has been working in business support and recruitment for SMEs in Cornwall alongside investing in early-stage businesses

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Harry Neill - Student Startups Programme Officer

Harry is focused on the development and delivery of the Student Startup programmes with the aim of fostering entrepreneurial skills in students and turning ideas into successful, creative and impactful ventures.

 Harry has a wide range of professional experience including 5 years as a tax and business consultant, primarily working with owner-managed businesses on projects to diversify, expand or restructure, as well as supporting them with their compliance requirements.

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Julia Mackay, Student Startups Senior Administrator

Julia supports the day-to-day running of the Student Startups programmes, providing administrative support and delivering communications to students. She also oversees Student Startups social media and the weekly newsletter, promoting upcoming events and workshops, and student achievements.

Julia joined the team in 2021 after completing a graduate role working as Marketing and Communications Coordinator in the Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB) department