Careers and Employability

Entrepreneur and start-ups

Students in the business start-up hub

Start your own business

Our Careers Service offers loads of start-up activities to get your business ready. You could be the next big entrepreneur or freelancer, or even own your own business or work for yourself.

Studio X, home to our Essex Startups team, is located at our Colchester Campus and offers students and graduates who are interested in starting their own business, support throughout their entrepreneurial journey. It doesn't matter what course you're on, or what your idea is. As a student at Essex you can learn the skills needed to be successful in business and use Stuio X as a base to help your start up grow.

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What can Essex Startups offer you?

1:1 support

Our team are on hand to offer free one to one business advice sessions to students, staff and graduates of the University. Our in-house experts offer guidance and practical information to help you develop your ideas and structure your start-up to help you succeed. 


Our fun filled and action-packed weekenders are a great way to focus on your business.

Whether you are still formulating ideas or are ready to thrash out your marketing strategy, we cover a host of different topics to help you make the best of your start-up while working with other students and graduates who share your interest in becoming future business owners. 

Mini bootcamps

Our 4 hour, bite-size bootcamps are bursting with advice and guidance and are focused on helping you approach various aspects of your startup. These sessions are open to all our Essex students and Graduates, and we encourage you to attend as many as you can!

Check out what‘s coming up: 

  • Market Research - Learn great techniques to analyse and understand your market to see where you and your business fit in.
  • Sales and Pricing - Make sure you get your figures right to take the best first step into the world of small business. Getting those initial numbers in place could make the difference to your startup journey. 
  • Marketing Strategy - Every good idea needs a good story to sell it. You may know your product or service inside out, but how do you get everyone on board? Learn about useful techniques to spread the good word of your startup.
  • Social Media Strategy - Social media is pretty big news these days, make sure you know how to use it to help your business and connect you to your customers. 
  • Finance and Accounting - An essential part of any startup, keeping great records and forecasting for the future can help take your startup to the next level.

Search Careerhub for Essex Startups to find out more about our upcoming events.

Summer bootcamp

Join our intensive, two-day Bootcamp to move your business forward with the help of a host of entrepreneurs, business experts and Essex Startups mentors.

Focussed on developing your business plan by using techniques such as the Business Model Canvas, Empathy Mapping and Customer Avatar creation, in order to get you ready for The Big Pitch and a chance to win funding for your business! 

Funding opportunities

Essex Startups offer various ways to develop your business ideas and your entrepreneurial skills, including competitions to win cash prizes.

From the Big Pitch to Dragons Den, and our £100 Challenges, we host funding opportunities throughout the year to help aid your startup.

Intensive workshops, online webinars and the iTeams 8-10 week programme

Intensive workshops

We have a jam-packed monthly schedule of 60-90 minute workshops to help you with your start-up. From marketing strategies to legal structures, to bookkeeping; we have tons of helpful sessions to help you prepare for your start-up journey

Online webinars

Get your comfy pants on, kick your shoes off and get learning - join the Essex Startups online workshops from home. All you need is a computer, internet and speakers.


This 8-10 week programme offers students from any academic discipline the opportunity to work on tangible, real-world challenges faced by external organisations.

Through a combination of workshops, mentoring, self-directed work, and teamwork, groups are posed a question by the ‘challenge-host’ and asked to create a report and presentation that should help the organisation understand the problem to a higher level, with suggested solutions worth exploring.

Students will benefit from exposure to real-world business challenges while organisations will get access to our talented community who approach problems with fresh insights.

Further study options