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Staff enterprise opportunities

Staff at the University of Sunderland interested in starting their own business can explore two options. An academic actively engaged in research can look to be part of the Northern Accelerator project and all staff can become part of the Enterprise Place.

Both routes offer excellent support in developing entrepreneurial skills, business planning and marketing strategy as well as funding towards product development.

Enterprise Place

The Enterprise Place is an environment where staff are able to research and develop a business idea. We have members from a broad range of sectors, working on ideas from concept to creation.

You don't need to be an academic, support staff are welcome too – if you have a Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle or Northumberland postcode, we can provide free business advice, funding, peer support and access to co-working space.

Based within Hope Street Xchange, the University’s commercial hub on City Campus, we encourage entrepreneurial thinking and collaborative working, so you won’t feel alone while you see your business idea come to life. From sole trader and partnerships to social enterprises and Ltd companies, we can help you discover and realise your start up ambitions.

Find out more about the Enterprise Place.


Northern Accelerator

Northern Accelerator is an innovative collaboration between universities in the North East, including the University of Sunderland.

It is driving a step-change in the commercialisation of research to help address regional imbalance and strengthen the North East knowledge economy. It brings together academics and business leaders, with a host of funding and support, to form sustainable businesses that create more and better jobs.

Learn more about Northern Accelerator.

The Internships and Enterprise project is receiving up to £3,326,399 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 the gov.uk website.