University of Exeter

The University of Exeter offers an extensive choice of enterprise activities. These activities are the result of a joint, co-ordinated approach between the Student Employability and Academic Success, the students’ Guild and the Innovation, Impact and Business departments of the University.

Student Start-Ups

These activities range from business start-up advice and support from our Enterprise Educator and Entrepreneur-in-Residence; taking part in workshops on all aspects of starting and running a business, including compiling a business plan, marketing and intellectual property; entering our competitions and pitching for funding.  The Student Start-Ups team run a pre-incubator and incubator programme as well as weekly drop in sessions.   You can find out more about our Student-Start-Ups offering here:

EntreComp and Skills Development

For the University of Exeter being entrepreneurial isn’t just for people who want to start their own businesses. It is about a mind-set and approach to work which is all about adaptability, resilience, creativity and problem-solving.  These ‘human only skills’ are becoming increasingly desired by employers and a range of experiential workshops are on offer to help our students develop them. The Career Zone embeds enterprise training throughout everything we do and has adopted the EntreComp Framework. This way students can develop both their employability and their entrepreneurial competencies at the same time. You can find out more about how we use EntreComp here:

Student Societies and Podcasts

Student enterprise societies, run through the Students’ Guild, including Exeter Entrepreneurs and ENACTUS, also support students interested in developing their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.  Student societies collaborate with the Career Zone through co-delivering workshops such as understanding social enterprise and exploring freelance and portfolio careers as well as recording episodes of the Career Zone Podcast.  You can find out more about all of this here:

Centre for entrepreneurship

As well as offering a range of entrepreneurial Masters programmes there is the opportunity for undergraduate students get ‘with proficiency in Entrepreneurship’ added to their degree. As well as building your entrepreneurial skills, confidence, and business acumen in order to increase the chances of success in identifying, creating, delivering, and capturing value. The WPI-E pathway prepares students for navigating an uncertain future by teaching crucial interdisciplinary skills, including problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and flexibility, as well as learning to grow from failure as a part of the process.  More information about the Centre for Entrepreneurship’s work can be found here:

SETsquared Exeter

SETsquared Exeter creates an inspiring innovation culture among high-tech businesses. We are a community of entrepreneurs who enable regional creators, innovators and disruptors to grow and develop business ideas.  This includes our Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway (IKEEP) which is a free programme, connecting your business with a team of three university students to complete a short project of your choice.

Main Contact:  Rachel Sloan