Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has a long standing reputation for supporting student and graduate enterprise and entrepreneurship. Through The Hive, NTU’s purpose built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, NTU has a place where students and graduates from all across the university can access support and guidance in their business ventures.
For more than 16 years, The Hive has supported students and graduates in the creation of new businesses as well as fostering the delivery of entrepreneurship education into the curriculum across the University. This has resulted in over 450 businesses being started up over the period through The Hive, with an almost 70% survival rate to this date.
Although primarily for students and graduates of NTU, they offer help and support to anyone with a viable business idea, not just those from NTU. This has resulted in a lasting impact across the Nottingham community, not just within the university population.
The Hive is involved with a variety of start up programmes, most notably HeadStart which is a high intensity 13 week course that helps you shape your business concept, identify and evaluate the opportunities and potential, and structure a business plan. The Hive then offers its facilities, with mentors on hand, for graduates for up to 3 years to ensure businesses get the best possible opportunity to grow. NTU and The Hive also support students who want to start a business during their placement year. The Hive also supports the NTU Entrepreneurs Club, the NTU Enactus team and hosts several business networking events including Thirsty Thursday.
The Hive also deliver accredited courses and one-off workshops on enterprise and entrepreneurship as part of the curriculum, as well as supporting extracurricular activities for undergraduate and postgraduate students across the whole University.
“The Hive is the ideal place to start your business journey, not only are there professional facilities from super-fast broadband to conference rooms, but the team behind it are knowledgeable, welcoming and always happy to help. In addition to these invaluable resources, the variation of young, enthusiastic and driven entrepreneurs breeds an atmosphere where great ideas and advice moves freely between people. Beginning a business journey can be daunting and lonely at times however, with The Hive all you need to do is add hard work and dedication and the likelihood of your success will dramatically increase!”
Miles Waghorn, TechSilver www.techsilver.co.uk
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