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The Digital Incubator

The University of Sunderland has recently secured Research England Funding to support the creation of a new Digital Incubator.

The Digital Incubator will support University of Sunderland students and graduates with digital skills to explore the possibility of working for themselves as freelancers.

Students and graduates will have the opportunity to use the hot desk facilities of the Incubator, which will include access to technical equipment and software to enable students to develop their skills and work on live projects with clients.

Working with external partners, The Digital Incubator will deliver workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities to enable students to develop essential enterprise and employability skills.

Covid-19 Update: 

The Digital Incubator is currently operating as a virtual offer. Students and Alumni of the University are still welcome to apply for membership to The Digital Incubator which includes access to:

  • Free webinars
  • One to one advice sessions 
  • Networking
  • Academic Mentor
  • Start-up Voucher £250 (subject to availability)
  • University IPSE membership
  • Create Britain Profile
  • Funding opportunities for registered Freelancers (subject to availability and eligibility)
  • Priority entry to the dedicated Digital Incubator space located at St Peters Campus including access to kit, software licenses, meeting room and hot desk facilities (estimated January 2021 opening)
  • Ongoing support from the Enterprise Place for registered businesses including additional access to funding


If you would like to become a member of the Digital Incubator please contact us at digitalincubator@sunderland.ac.uk for an application form, or you can apply via our online form.

For an informal chat, please ring 0191 515 3767.


The Digital Kickstarter 2020

Have an idea for a freelance venture but unsure if it is the right fit for you? Are you currently undertaking freelance work and want to discover new support opportunities? Take part in the Digital Kickstarter 2020 and start your freelance journey or take your business to the next level!

The Digital Kickstarter 2020 is an exciting new initiative inspiring the next generation of University of Sunderland founders and freelancers. Hosted on the private Digital Kickstarter Facebook group, the two-day online programme will enhance the enterprise skills of already established freelancers whilst also helping the University's current students and alumni explore Freelancing as potential career option.

Registering for the Digital Kickstarter will grant you an invitation to our closed Facebook group, where you will gain access to a wide range of content and have the opportunity to connect with other attendees through interactive polls and debates.

The Digital Kickstarter will offer a series of sessions streamed live over two days which will delve deeper into key start-up and freelancing concepts to prepare you for the start of your freelance journey, expand your knowledge and skills and help take your freelance career to the next level.




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