“Creating independent problem-solvers and natural leaders, enthusiastic about knowledge; making important things happen”. Professor David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor
As a civic research-led university established in 1900, we are committed to our region’s renaissance, cultivating global networks that help us transform the world. Entrepreneurial education and support is led by Careers Network at the University of Birmingham through “B-Enterprising”.
B-Enterprising binds our curricular, extra-curricular and start-up work together, providing a visible and valuable resource that enables students and academics to be enterprising in everything that they do.
Within the curriculum
Careers Network work in close partnership with academic colleagues who are embedding enterprise in the curriculum and work with a range of external partners to enrich content and design, so that our students are “future ready”, prepared for the demands and uncertainties of the 21st century.
Beyond the curriculum
Entrepreneurial skills activity is developed on three main principles: experiential, multi-disciplinary and employer-informed activity such as boot camps, hackathons and future of work workshops. The variety of partners range from large multi-nationals to local social enterprises.
Start-up and freelancing
The start-up offer encompasses support for social enterprise, freelance and business creation with a well-rounded support package of advice, seed funding, mentoring and community. Further support for venture growth is delivered under the Elevate programme, within the next city centre incubator.
Academic and research spin-out
Staff and the research community further benefit from University of Birmingham Enterprise which provides valuable support to explore and exploit the commercial potential of their research. BizzInn is the University’s spin-out business incubator.
The B-Enterprising team is further integrated into Careers Network within its internships and mentoring activity. The breadth of experiences that students acquire at University of Birmingham translate into consistently high employability results and the University is consistently one of the most targeted by graduate employers.