The Essex Startups team supports students and graduates who are interested in starting their own business and want to discuss, develop, test and launch their ideas. No matter where you are in your start-up journey, we are here to help you with advice, workshops and tips. With a range of highly skilled mentors, you can be sure that we can offer trusted and sincere advice on your next steps.
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Throughout the academic year, we also host a variety of workshops, funding competitions and activities, all tailored to help you get your business ready. You can find these by selecting 'Entrepreneurship' on CareerHub or keeping track of our events on LinkedIn and Instagram.
We are on hand to offer free one to one business advice to students, staff and graduates of the University. These sessions can offer guidance and practical information to help you develop your ideas and structure your start-up.
In these sessions, you can talk about your business ideas and find out how the University can help you to move your business forward. Just email email@example.com to arrange a Zoom call or meeting in Studio X in the Innovation Centre.
Please note, 1:1 advice sessions are by appointment only.
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All workshops are bookable through CareerHub - simply browse for the Entrepreneurship
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 up while working with other students and graduates who share your interest in becoming future business owners. Book your place through CareerHub.
Essex Startups offer various ways to develop your business ideas and 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 start-up. Keep an eye on our LinkedIn and Instagram for investment announcements.
The University of Essex is an authorised Start-up endorsing body. Our scheme is only open to eligible Essex students and recent Essex graduates (up to 3 years after graduation). Find out more about how to apply.
Studio X is a vibrant hub of start-up activity and home to the Essex Startups team, the University’s dedicated service to help students and graduates turn big ideas into big businesses. We offer a supportive and nurturing co-working space for student and graduate start-ups to call their own. With access to hot-desk space, 1:1 business support, and fun and interesting workshops and events to boost your entrepreneurial skills, our thriving start-up community can be found at the Innovation Centre, on the Knowledge Gateway.