University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland aims to provide an inspiring, enterprising and empowering experience for its students, graduates and staff and has been driving enterprise since 1995.

Through its dedicated support facility, the Enterprise Place, the University provides a home for its entrepreneurs-in-residence and a support network of enterprise staff, expert business advisers and a community of entrepreneurs for peer support.

With start-up courses, networking events and inspirational masterclasses, the Enterprise Place provides not only a professional co-working space but the business knowledge to research, test and launch an idea.

Based in the brand new, state-of-the-art, Hope Street Xchange building on the University’s City Campus, the Enterprise Place situates its members in the heart of its Centre for Enterprise and Innovation amongst SME’s and the regions first FabLab.

To support its growing enterprises the University launched an Accelerator Fund in 2016 which will grant £100,000 to several of its businesses over a three year period. With a focus on enriching local businesses and growing employment in the region, the fund’s aim is to enable companies to grow to the next level by investing in essential kit, stock, office space and staff.

In September 2016 the Enterprise Place opened its doors to budding student entrepreneurs as the home of the Enterprise Placement. This scheme supports students who are able to take a placement year module and who aspire to create their own ventures as a viable career opportunity. With the aim of gaining enterprise skills, knowledge and setting up their own businesses, students spend a year researching and trialling business start-up before returning to their final year of study. These essential skills could see them go on to become self-employed or intrapreneurs in their graduate-level roles.

Main Contact: Tim Pain