Start-Up at Sunderland is your gateway to turning business dreams into reality. Tailored specifically for students, graduates, and staff of the University of Sunderland, our supportive ecosystem provides the perfect environment for entrepreneurial minds. Whether you want to explore your skills to start a freelance or self-employed career, set up a Limited Company with an idea to scale and grow, or have a business idea driven by a social impact; we have the tailored support available to help you take the first step on your start-up journey.
Following an initial 12-month incubation period, early trading businesses will be supported to access the commercial facilities at the Enterprise Place at Hope Street Xchange.
1: Engage via the Employability and Enterprise Hub:
Begin your entrepreneurial application journey on the Employability and Enterprise Hub. It's your one-stop platform to initiate the process.
There, you can find the Start-Ups Pathway.
If you're a student you can dive straight into the pathway here using your UoS Login.
If you're a graduate, you'll have to register an account first.
2: Tell us about your idea: This is your chance to articulate your vision and tell us about any research undertaken to date. You will be invited to an informal meeting with the team where we can learn more about your passion and the potential behind your concept.
3: Presentation Session: Once you’ve met with our team to review your idea, you'll be invited to present it to our panel. This isn't a high-pressure pitch but is an opportunity for a deeper dive into your business. Engage with our team and industry experts in an enlightening session that will provide insights and feedback to help you to navigate next steps.
Following a successful presentation, you'll be invited to access our Start-Up at Sunderland support where we're committed to helping you transform your business idea into reality. If you need further preparation or research, we will provide feedback, allowing you to re-engage when ready.