Helping You Start Your Business

Start up while you study

Do you dream of being your own boss? If you have the desire and passion to build your own business, our Enterprise Hive is here to help you get your idea off the ground. We offer an array of support for our budding student entrepreneurs, from expert consultations to industry mentoring and even a start-up grant to get you going.

You're in good company too – Birmingham is the UK's biggest start-up city outside London, while small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) employ more than half the national workforce and generate £16 billion annually.

To find out more, you can book an appointment with our Enterprise Hive team below or email any questions you may have to enterprise@ucb.ac.uk. You can also connect with the Enterprise Hive on Twitter and Instagram.

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Get support from our Enterprise Hive

  • Unlimited one-to-one consultations with Enterprise Hive advisers
  • Enterprise workshops delivered by experienced professionals
  • Mentoring from leading firms such as Lloyds Bank
  • Intensive start-up support through the BSEEN programme

Hive Network: Getting you connected

Part of our Enterprise Hive, the Hive Network is a professional network launched by University College Birmingham's Business School to help nurture partnerships between our student entrepreneurs, academic experts and businesses.

We want to encourage successful collaborations and help our students to develop specialist and transferable skills that can be put into practice.

Businesses can also benefit from having direct access to thought leadership, up-to-date knowledge and new ideas which can be incorporated into live research projects or corporate and marketing research.

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BSEEN: Taking your business to the next level

Ready to move your business to the next stage? We are proud to be a partner of the Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN), allowing us to offer further intensive support to help your business grow.

Support available through the BSEEN Programme:

  • Five-day intensive start-up bootcamp
  • Business grant to kick-start your company
  • Tailored mentor to suit your business needs
  • Networking opportunities and office space

Find out more about BSEEN below, or email any questions you may have to enterprise@ucb.ac.uk 

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Student success stories

From a host of street food businesses and beauty retailers to founding an online marketplace and an events management company, our staff and services have helped a multitude of fledgling firms to flourish – and yours could be next.

Hear from our students who have successfully set up their own businesses with help from the Enterprise Hive: