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Start a Business

The Enterprise Place is the perfect environment for students, graduates and staff of the University to start their own business. By offering a support structure to help get a concept off the ground, the Enterprise Place is a safe environment to research, test and try out an idea.

European Regional Development Fund

Don't have a business qualification or experience? The facility can provide you with a specialist business adviser, office space, a place on it's business planning course and more, in order to help grow your idea from concept to creation.

Have you got an idea, skill or hobby you'd like to turn into a business? Apply for a free Enterprise Place membership to gain access to the service and begin turning your idea into a reality.

Applying to become a member and gain entry to the Enterprise Place is very straightforward. You will firstly need to request an application form by emailing enterprise@sunderland.ac.uk

Once we have received your completed application form you will then be invited to make a short pitch to the Enterprise Place panel, who will assess the suitability and viability of your idea.

If successful you will be offered six months membership initially with further support available if you are still progressing with your idea and engaging with the Enterprise Place.

The Internships and Enterprise project is receiving up to £2,636,140 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: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding