Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Leeds Beckett: New partnership launched to boost sustainability of start-ups
Business experts at Leeds Beckett University have teamed up with marketing agency, GOLD79, in a new partnership to boost the long-term growth and sustainability of start-up businesses across the UK. A new programme – GOLD79 MINE – has been launched as a collaboration between Leeds Business School at Leeds Beckett and GOLD79. The programme will support talented and entrepreneurial individuals – including students and graduates of the university – who want to start their own businesses through academic consultancy, expert business support services, mentoring, networking, business infrastructure and financial support.
Read more about the new programme on the Leeds Beckett website.

 UWTSD: Welsh SME’s Address SDG16
At Learned Society of Wales’ Early Research Career Colloquium 2024, Bangor University, HES (Dr Felicity Healey-Benson and Professor David A Kirby) launched a bilingual booklet featuring 10 Welsh SMEs addressing SDG 16 through Harmonious Entrepreneurship.


Key Features:

  • Diverse Welsh SMEs exemplifying Harmonious Entrepreneurship
  • Alignment with global SDG 16 and Wales’ Well-being Goals
  • Inspiring stories of Welsh ventures promoting peace activism
  • Creative business models tackling social and environmental challenges

The booklet is a resource for businesses, educators, students, and policymakers, showcasing ethical and sustainable practices. HES extends gratitude to its distinguished foreword contributors. Cymraeg       English

MTU: HEI Green Champions
We are searching for HEI green champions in institutions that would like to test the indicators of the GET-AHED sustainability self-assessment tool sometime between mid-September and mid-October – online and totally flexibly with a total duration of around 20-40 minutes. Interested institutions are invited to reach out to for further information. More information on the project can be found here and you can sign up for our newsletter here.

ARU: Social Spark x Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy: Empowering Future Social Entrepreneurs
Since September 2023, Social Spark provided ARU students the opportunity to contribute to creating a healthier and more equitable future for people in Basildon. Partnering with Mid and South Essex Foundation Trust, this initiative tackled pressing health and care challenges faced by the local community. Students supported by the Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy have embraced the chance to create social enterprises focused on family nutrition, art-based wellbeing, and more. Through workshops, mentoring, and valuable connections, they have developed innovative ideas with real social impact. The initiative concluded with a big celebration in June 2024 by showcasing the students’ ingenious contributions.

LJMU: Startup Team Celebrates 20 years of supporting entrepreneurs
LJMU’s  offer for student entrepreneurs began in 2004 with ambitious plans to create viable start up companies. This has always been the objective of the team, which sits outside the curriculum but the heart of the student experience at LJMU. Now operating as the Start-Up Hub, the team celebrated this important milestone by inviting 20 entrepreneurs to tell their stories. The resulting publication can be found here. Tom Strodtbeck, LJMU’s Entrepreneurship Consultant commented: “LJMU continues to produce an incredible array of entrepreneurs, working in the arts, sciences, professional services and more. And as most of our entrepreneurs set up businesses in the Liverpool City Region, we will see both their economic and social impact, as they grow into the next generation of civic leaders.”

MMU: Associate Member Publishes Paper
This international systematic literature is relevant to EEUK members because it includes findings from around the world on the link between different types of mentoring in higher education and student career development including for example, entrepreneurial skills, intentions, engagement and business start-up survival. Nabi, G., Walmsley, A., Mir, M.  & Osman, S. (2024): The impact of mentoring in higher education on student career development: a systematic review and research agenda. Studies in Higher Education. Early release.

Northumbria: Global Survey on Academic Work
EEUK Director, Vicky Mountford-Brown is working as part of a global research group led by Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Researcher Development at The Australian National University and perhaps more famously known as ‘The Thesis Whisperer’ The group are exploring academic work and hoping to get a strong global representation in the responses.  Please consider completing this survey and passing on to others in your networks within and beyond ISBE:

 Nottingham: Double your Price
Professor David Falzani of Nottingham University Business School has had his book, Double Your Price, shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Business Book of the Year Award 2024. Grounded in 25 years’ experience of training, mentoring, starting and growing companies, the book addressees the emotional turmoil managers feel when faced with the all-important pricing decisions. With a foreword written by Lord Sainsbury, the book includes key tools and a range of 10 exercises for business managers, owners, students, and entrepreneurs looking to enhance their pricing strategies and foster a value-seeking culture. The winning book will be announced in September. 


Exeter celebrates student entrepreneurs at annual awards
The University of Exeter celebrated another successful year of student startups and innovation at the Student Entrepreneurship Awards. The event celebrated student entrepreneurship activities delivered across the University, including the Student Startups programmes, the With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship degree pathway and the Engineering and Entrepreneurship degree programme. Six exceptional individuals were recognised for their achievements on the Student Startups programmes this year. Attendees also heard from student, Mattia Vancini, who won an award at last year’s event and gave a keynote speech sharing his journey exploring entrepreneurship. Read more.

Durham: New National Social Enterprise Competition for Students & Graduates
Durham University has partnered with the Ford Family Foundation to launch Ignite, a new funding competition supporting social enterprises emerging from higher education. Ignite aims to shine a spotlight on our tremendous social entrepreneurs and will culminate in a pitching event at The Shard in October. The winner will receive a £20,000 grant, with a further £30,000 shared between four other contenders. In addition to funding, prizes also include 1:1 coaching from Cambio Consultancy and I.P. support from Mathys & Squire. Deadline for entries has been extended until 31st July via the Ignite website

Impact Fund 2024 – Successful Applicants announced

Written by Sal Edwards

Congratulations to Bridgend College, Kingston University, Royal Northern College of Music and Teesside University, all of whom have been awarded funding from EEUK’s Impact Fund. Thank you to all the applicants for their excellent project proposals, and to the judges for assessing their applications. We look forward to benefitting from all the work that these projects will do in the world of enterprise and entrepreneurship education and practice.


Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Durham: New National Social Enterprise Competition for Students & Graduates

Durham University has partnered with the Ford Family Foundation to launch Ignite, a new funding competition supporting social enterprises emerging from higher education. Ignite aims to shine a spotlight on our tremendous social entrepreneurs and will culminate in a pitching event at The Shard in October. The winner will receive a £20,000 grant, with a further £30,000 shared between four other contenders. In addition to funding, prizes also include 1:1 coaching from Cambio Consultancy and I.P. support from Mathys & Squire. Deadline for entries is 19th July via the Ignite website.

Edinburgh: Grow Awards

The University of Edinburgh celebrates its student entrepreneurs with the annual Inspire, Launch, Grow Awards. During Inspire, Launch Grow, founders pitch their company to an expert panel of judges, competing for a total prize money of £47,000. This year’s keynote speaker and winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award was Elena Höge, founder of social gaming company Yaldi Games.At the Inspire Launch Grow – the ‘Oscars of Entrepreneurship’ Professor Sir Peter Mathieson said: We are proud to support a thriving culture of entrepreneurship at the University of Edinburgh, where enterprise is increasingly part of the student experience.

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU): Freelancer Fast-Start Programme

In May, ARU ran an intensive “Freelancer Fast-Start Programme”, supporting 25 final-year students to become “invoice-ready”. Curated to support mindset, skills and ecosystem, the programme covered everything from marketing & brand to legal & tax, and sales and negotiation. There was a focus on real-world application and professional networks to advance the participants’ freelance ventures. The programme culminated in a showcase event and prize giving, with 92% rating the programme highly; 68% intending to register a business within six months, and 36% already engaging potential clients. Participants’ self-rated scores on freelancing knowledge and confidence increased significantly after completing the programme.

Huddersfield: Entrepreneurs: Talent, Temperament, Opportunity and Mindset
The 4th Edition of John Thompson’s textbook, written with the late Bill Bolton – Entrepreneurs: Talent, Temperament, Opportunity and Mindset – has recently been published by Routledge. It is in three parts. The first part dissects the attributes of successful entrepreneurs and allows readers to self-assess, using the authors’ established FACETS framework, and then discusses what is meant by an entrepreneurial mindset – the main addition to this new edition. Part Two concerns the process of entrepreneurship, encompassing starting a business, opportunity and strategy. Part Three comprises over 100 case vignettes separated into “classic”, business, social and culture entrepreneurs (in design, art, music, media and sport) before a final chapter on “entrepreneurs in the shadows” includes some whose business is crime.

Nottingham: YES24

Applications are open for our 29th cohort! Your Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) is a competition developed to raise awareness among PhD students, postdocs and technicians how ideas can be commercialised. Taking place this autumn, participants are invited to develop a hypothetical business and pitch their plan to demonstrate that the business could be investable and ultimately successful. This fictional business plan is a great way to learn about entrepreneurship without using an idea that comes out of current research (avoiding any problems with disclosure). Our pitch day hosts are GSK, Syngenta and Campden BRI. Bursaries available. Discover more here; join one of our 30-minute online information sessions or help raise awareness.

Lincoln: Creative Start-up Awards
Oliver Whitehead, founder of Synx Games, has won the Creative Start-Up Award for the Midlands in the Start-Up Awards.As a second-year Computer Science student at the University of Lincoln, Oliver balances his studies with the running of Synx Games, a company that creates servers and content for games such as Roblox and Minecraft.Synx has blossomed in the last year, reaching 100,000 unique players across 2 servers, 15,000 members on their Discord communities with over 4 million unique messages.Oliver has been supported by Student Enterprise, as well as taking up an office at the University’s incubation centre, Sparkhouse.


Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Sheffield: ‘Emerge: Be Enterprising’ programme

The University of Sheffield’s new ‘Emerge: Be Enterprising’ programme held its first Awards Showcase in April, marking a milestone in its mission to capture student entrepreneurship talent across campus.  The programme cultivates a culture of enterprise by recognising innovative business ideas. Sponsored by Santander Universities, #EmergeAwards24 featured ventures tackling social challenges and sustainability. Out of 70+ applications from students, staff and alumni, 4 winners were awarded funding and further mentorship to help launch their business. This injection of resources aims to strengthen Sheffield’s innovation ecosystem, fostering the development of homegrown businesses that will contribute to the city’s economic vibrancy. 

UCL: Ten university startups take part in new UK-Swiss entrepreneurship exchange programme

The programme, run between UCL and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), has given ten startups, five from each university, the chance to learn, connect and explore new opportunities.

The startups spent a week together split between Lausanne and London. They received a bespoke introduction to university facilities, laboratories, innovation clusters and key players in their industry. Read more.

Swansea: Founders of the Future

Swansea University collaborates with Anne Boden MBE on the ‘Founders of the Future’ initiative, aiding women-led high-growth enterprises. The UK government taskforce aims to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs, emphasizing diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. University staff have worked with Anne to promote the taskforce, recently hosting a ‘Founders of the Future’ event at the University. This event featured panel discussions from women in business (including Alumni Joelle Drummond, Founder of Drop Bear Beer) and overcoming adversity, attended by students, staff, and local school children. The project includes case studies highlighting the journeys of women involved in the taskforce and their businesses.

EEUK Job Vacancy – Operations and Business Development Manager

Written by Sal Edwards


Enterprise Educators UK are looking for an Operations and Business Development Manager.

The Operations and Business Development Manager (OBDM) is a pivotal role within EEUK, responsible for spearheading all aspects of operations and business development. Working collaboratively with the operational team, the Executive, and the Board, the OBDM will be instrumental in driving the growth and success of EEUK.

We are in search of an energetic and ambitious individual who aligns with our mission and can contribute enthusiasm and passion to the role.

Location: Flexible working locations – depending on residential location

Salary: £45,585 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed term 24 months with potential for extension to permanent

Placed On: 12th March 2024

Closes: 19th April 2024

Job Ref: OBDM24

The post includes a generous annual leave allowance, pension and flexible working.

Further details with a full job description and person specification and how to apply are available here.


Written by EEUK Exec

EEUK wishes to commission a review of all current procedures, policies, structures and opportunities to ensure that our organisation is inclusive, that recruitment and application processes are fair and that we are fully inclusive of our current and potential membership.

The review will identify any overt or hidden discrimination or bias which may be currently restricting engagement with our events, activities, opportunities, governance, and structures.

Click here to view the call details and to submit a tender.

Impact Fund Applications OPEN

Written by Sal Edwards


Applications for EEUK’s Impact Fund is now open (deadline 19 May 2024).

The key principles of the Impact Fund (formerly the EERPF) are to:

  1. Support the creation and evaluation of enterprise education materials and resources for publication to all EEUK members.
  2. Facilitate exploratory and/or impactful research which adds to our knowledge and understanding of enterprise education and addresses the needs of the enterprise education community.

Members of EEUK are invited to bid for funding each year and a key principle is that projects should aim to be of benefit to the wider EEUK community as well as the member organisation that is awarded funding.

EEUK are looking to award funding to members who demonstrate their understanding and commitment to the principles of the Impact Fund (see terms and conditions).

Applicants are invited to submit single organisation bids of any size up to £7,500. Collaborative bids from no more than three member organisations are permissible and may request up to a maximum of £10,000. Only one bid per organisation can be funded in any award year and the funding will be paid to the lead institution only.

To apply please click here.


Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Surrey: Green Tech Jam

University of Surrey has launched an innovative new module in the School of Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering, which flips the focus of software engineering to incorporate social impact from the outset. “Green Tech Jam” hits the intersection of technology and sustainability, equipping students to create web apps that tackle socio-environmental challenges across a range of sectors.

Led by Senior Lecturer Stella Kazamia, it is supported by the University’s cross-faculty Hackathon team including Student Enterprise Manager Kat Mack and Associate Dean International, Shelini Surendran, prize-funded by the Engineers In Business Fellowship. Contact us for more about making curricular hackathons work.

RGU: Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence

Robert Gordon University welcomes Diana Gormley, a former design engineer and award-winning founder, as its new Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence. Diana brings over 12 years of industry experience in design and technical engineering. Her entrepreneurial journey includes founding an award-winning children’s clothing company, Always Fun Clothing, recognised for ethical maternity and children’s wear. Diana will work with the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group and support them to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among RGU’s staff and students, with an initial focus on STEM subjects, leveraging her expertise gained through her engineering design experience and her entrepreneurial talent.

Bangor: Mentee Testimonial, Dr Beth Edwards, Bangor University

Being relatively new to the Enterprise Education world, the mentoring has been crucial in supporting me to develop my own identity within the landscape. Through empowering and supportive conversations, I feel more confident in myself within my daily work and contributing to wider events. It’s enabled me to seek opportunities, e.g, sharing my work, that previously I’d have not done. The scheme’s organisation has been helpful, including the matching process. Having access to a mentor with such expertise and knowledge has inspired me and encouraged me to seek additional opportunities to collaborate, share, and showcase work in the future”.

Envestors: Innovator Business Founder Visa Information Sessions

Would you like to provide a briefing session to your students on the new IBF visa scheme? Envestors, endorsing body for the IBF Visa, can partner with you to run information sessions to help your students understand if the scheme is right for them and how to apply. Please note they will not be able to comment on specific applications. If you would like Envestors to run a session at your University, please reach out to Michael North at

Stirling: Ecosystem Fund

“The University of Stirling is delighted to have received funding from Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise through their Ecosystem Fund, to support delivery of a pilot project of enterprise skills training for Young People (those aged 18-30) across the Forth Valley region. The two-phase project aims to enhance accessibility to start-up support for equity-deserving individuals and widen participation in entrepreneurial activity by not only inspiring, encouraging and showcasing relatable founder role models but by providing practical support via a 7 week pre-accelerator training programme. For more information, please contact the University of Stirling’s Enterprise team at

York: Mentorship Scheme

The University of York’s Biorenewables Development Centre has launched a new mentorship scheme to support people working on or towards circular and bio-based business. This piece of work is an expansion of a pilot project earlier in the year, and will develop into wider support including an investment readiness programme. The activity is part of the BioYorkshire initiative, which seeks to create the first carbon negative region of the UK.

Northumbria: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

I am very pleased to share that our spinout project Solar2Water technology has been honored with the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Excellence and Innovation Award 2023-Social Impact Award!  This award is very special, it is not only about innovation and technology development, but also its social impact which shows testament to our unwavering commitment to making a positive difference in the world. This recognition fuels our commitment to produce sustainable water for all (UNSDG6). Ceremony was help on Nov 15th at Glassgow Science Center, photos are attached. All winners list is available here:

Strathclyde: Bi-annual Strathclyde Inspire100
2023 ended on a high note with significant investment for Strathclyde led companies. In November, six companies pitched their businesses to an audience of entrepreneurs, investors and experts to compete for a share of £27,500 prize funding in the bi-annual Strathclyde Inspire100 event. Funding was made up with £10,000 from the Stephen Young Entrepreneurship Awards and £7,500 from Santander. On the night, Strathclyde alumnus Sir Tom Hunter granted an extra £10,000, distributing funds among two additional companies. The Scottish Edge Finals also took place in November, where four businesses with high-growth potential linked to Strathclyde received a combined £45,000 funding. Read more here and here.


UK Startup Awards

Written by Sal Edwards

The UK StartUp Awards have just been launched which will again be celebrating innovative and high-achieving start-ups across the UK.

You are invited to apply for this year’s awards which, as in previous years, will be recognising the best businesses in ten UK nations and regions. However, to celebrate the “best of the best”, all the winners from the regional finals will be brought together for the very first UK StartUp Awards National final to be held in Birmingham at the end of June.

For example, if you win a category in your region, you will be automatically shortlisted for this category at the UK awards and be given the opportunity to be crowned the best in your sector nationally and, of course, to be considered for the UK StartUp of the year.

The closing date is March 8th and we are keen to get as many new businesses that have links with the university to apply. This is an incredible opportunity to showcase your business, network with industry leaders and, of course, to gain recognition for your hard work and success. Click here for further details.

Richard Beresford Fund Open for Applications

Written by Sal Edwards

The Richard Beresford Bursary fund is now open for applications.

Up to £500 is available to support the personal development of enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners, to positively contribute to their practice and to share the story of their learning experiences with the wider EEUK membership.

Click here for further details and an application form.

The Spring 2024 application window closes on 29 March 2024.