University of Sussex

University Strategy:

A major component of the University of Sussex 2025 Strategic Framework is for students at the university to receive transformative, high quality education and learning experience that will allow them to create the future they want. Everything the University does is geared towards supporting students to develop the knowledge and skills that enable Sussex students to become “critical thinkers, entrepreneurs, commentators, citizens and activists”.

Extra-Curricular Entrepreneurship Support:

Part of the Careers & Employability Department, the Entrepreneurship Team at the University of Sussex reaches Sussex entrepreneurs through both extra-curricular and in-curricular provision. From autumn 2020, a range of extra-curricular workshops, networking events co-delivered with local entrepreneurs and business groups, competitions, funding opportunities and one-to-one sessions will be on offer. We provide support for the ‘enterprise-curious’, through to those looking to take their idea to the next stage, and those already trading. Social enterprise is a strong focus, including through the provision of an annual Social Impact Prize.

In-curricular Entrepreneurship Learning:

Our Entrepreneurship Team partners with academic colleagues at Sussex to design and deliver bespoke sessions to embed enterprise learning into a range of academic courses.

Master’s Programme:

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc teaches students to design, manage and grow new ventures. This is one of a selection of courses delivered by the EQUIS-accredited University of Sussex Business School. Combining world-class academic knowledge and opportunities to develop practical skills, students on the course benefit from collaboration between the academic team, the Sussex Innovation Centre, NatWest Accelerator and local organisations.

Sussex Innovation Centre:

The Sussex Innovation Centre provides serviced office space and business support to growing businesses in Sussex, central Brighton and Croydon. Sussex Innovation Centre members benefit from a range of support services, access to professional networks and affordable, serviced office space. Supporting start-ups, scale-upsand corporate innovation projects, 85% of Sussex Innovation Centre members become sustainable businesses. The Sussex Innovation Centre also delivers StartUp Sussex, an annual enterprise competition for University of Sussex students and graduates.

Contact: Luke Mitchell, Business Adviser (Careers & Employability)