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Start your own Business with The Enterprise Place

Running your own business may sound daunting, but it is an increasingly popular option for many graduates, and we can help you each step of the way. The Enterprise Place, our business start-up service, is available to all students whilst at Sunderland, and for three years after graduation.

What is The Enterprise Place?

The Enterprise Place is the perfect environment for students, graduates and staff at the University to start their own business.

If you are feeling entrepreneurial and have an idea, skill or hobby you'd like to turn into a business, talk to us at The Enterprise Place. Even if you don't have a business qualification or experience we can offer expert advice, support and even preliminary funding.

We can offer state-of-the-art office space and facilities, a place on a business planning course and much more, all aimed at helping you turn your idea into reality. And, our team of specialist advisers will be there to offer support and guidance on your journey to getting your business off the ground and beyond.

Take the First Step

If you have an idea, no matter what it is, you should get in touch with us at The Enterprise Place. We want your business idea to be as successful as possible, so the best way for us to identify how we can help is to simply have a chat with you about your idea. It doesn’t matter whether it’s something you thought of on the Metro this morning, or if it’s something you’ve been working on for months – we can help you figure out your next steps.

Want to find out more? Get in touch by emailing The Enterprise Place team or call us on 0191 337 1585.

Funding & Competitions

There’s lots of support available for students and recent graduates who want to start their own businesses and throughout the year there are numerous opportunities to apply for cash, investment and mentoring. With funding from the European Regional Development Fund and University Accelerator Fund, there really has never been a better time to start your own business

International Students Tier One Visa

Sunderland is one of the UK Higher Education Institutions authorised to endorse a limited number of Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visas per year. There is a formal application process and you need to contact The Enterprise Place team a minimum three months prior to your student visa expiry date if you intend to apply. Find out more...

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Our Internships and Enterprise projects are receiving up to £2,359,457 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, European Regional Development Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit GOV.UK.

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