Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Here at Huddersfield, we help current students and graduates prepare for self-employment, freelancing and starting their own business. Taking the first step towards running your own business can seem like a real challenge. We're here to support you right from the beginning to help you grow your seed of an idea into a successful business.
Support for students and graduates
Our Enterprise Team supports students and graduates to set up businesses and to meet other like-minded peers during their degree or after they graduate. They are based in The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre - a fantastic modern facility for start-ups housed in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre. The centre offers free hot desk office facilities, one to one business advice and support, and a range of business facilities such as landline telephones and bookable meeting pods.
When it comes to choosing a placement while you are studying at undergraduate level, the conventional route is not your only option. If you think you've got what it takes, you could choose to set up and run your own business during an Enterprise Placement Year.
The University also offers a range of enterprise-focused degrees and one to one and group support to help students develop their ideas into successfull businesses ventures.
Starting your own business
The Enterprise Team will support you when starting your own business by providing business advice and support, funding opportunities and office facilities. Its series of Enterprise Events is an ideal starting point for those who want to increase their enterprise awareness. These events offer advice on writing a business plan, researching the market, developing a brand and essential networking skills. The Team will work with you to help you make a success of your business.
Following an initial chat with a Business Advisor you can apply for on-going support and access to the Enterprise Team’s services through Enterprise Support. Enterprise Support is open to UK/EU current students of the University and graduates within five years of graduation who have viable business or self-employment propositions and can evidence high commitment and enthusiasm for their business idea.
Apply for Enterprise Support if you have the enthusiasm and ambition to start out on your own.
Image: Young entrepreneur Stephen Bond’s passion for quirky liqueurs gave him inspiration to undertake an Enterprise Placement Year then join Enterprise Support and set up an independent artisan liqueurs company - Panda's Kitchen, specialising in quirky and unique flavours.