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Entrepreneurs step up for the first round of pitching



Students with a business proposition had five minutes to present their idea to a panel of experts in order to progress to the next round of the Business Enterprise Student Support Scheme (BESSS) competition, where they stand to win £5000 to support their business plan.

Students take part in the eleventh annual student enterprise summer school

The Enterprise Summer School, held by Student Enterprise in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, entered its eleventh successful year and kicked off with students listening to inspiring speeches from local entrepreneurs.

Surrey success at Santander's Big Ideas Challenge final

Santander has announced the winners of its ‘Big Ideas’ competition, set up to identify transformational ideas to overcome some of the key technological issues and bring digital innovation to the financial industry, at an awards ceremony last night in London.

Student entrepreneurs awarded £5000 funding

Two student entrepreneurs successfully pitched for our £5,000 Business Enterprise Student Support Scheme (BESSS) award to help them develop their businesses further.

Enterprise Summer School graduate goes from strength to strength!

More entrepreneurship success for 2014 Enterprise Summer School graduate and fashion designer, Dodi Kazma.

Undergraduate wins NCE ‘Dragons’ Den’

Civil Engineering student Lily Webb has helped to design a winning idea: a unique wearable band that keeps the user safe on construction sites.

Santander wants to hear your Big Ideas!

Ever imagined what banking in the future could look like? Take part in Santander Universities Big Ideas competition and you could win a share of £20,000 and the opportunity to develop your idea with engagement from Santander’s Innovation team.

Crowdfunding 2015/16 is GO!

The University of Surrey's crowdfunding platform is launched for 2015/16.

RHW Solicitors poised to answer your legal questions!

A new Legal Advice Scheme will be offered by RHW Solicitors to University of Surrey students starting their own business.

Inspiration at the Enterprise Summer School!

Our fast-paced Enterprise Summer School took place on 24-26 June 2015 with great results.

Red Gap success at Young Enterprise finals

University of Surrey student business 'Red Gap' in top 9 out of 300 start ups in the UK

Social Enterprise Bus Tour

A one day inspirational minibus tour visiting 6 Social Enterprises in Surrey

Social Enterprise Programme launched for University of Surrey Researchers.

Researchers offered the opportunity to work on a business with an ethical heart.

Enactus Surrey Wins Enterprise Rent-A-Car Business Engagement Award!

Enactus Surrey success at the Enactus National Competition!

Applications are open for the SETsquared Researcher to Innovator programme!

Nine scholarships worth £5000 each are available for Surrey researchers to attend the prestigious SETsquared Researcher to Innovator course.  Applications are now open!

Kingston University hosts a workshop for businesses interested in expanding into China

Kingston University is hosting a free workshop for small and medium sized enterprises interested in expanding into China on Friday 24th April.

Surrey success at the National Enterprise Challenge 2015

A team of University of Surrey students wins 2nd place at the National Apprentice Challenge 2015.

Santander Universities 60 Second Pitch Awards

Applications for funding for your business close on 21st April 2015!

Join the National Apprentice Challenge 2015

National Apprentice Challenge is an award-winning enterprise competition for ambitious students.  For two weeks, teams of four students will go through practical business tasks, develop their entrepreneurial mindset and improve their employability skills.  During the competition, students will focus on idea generation, business strategy, product development, pitching, marketing and business planning. In order to offer them a reality-based experience, the students will design & promote a product to a real audience, pitch & receive feedback from real investors and apply their strategic thinking by running a virtual business. 

Inspired by The Apprentice TV Show and Lord You Enterprise for All” Report, NAC aims to empower students to engage with entrepreneurship in a practical way and learn-by-doing.

Crowdfunding Platform goes live at the University of Surrey

Want to raise money for a new idea, activity or a project? University of Surrey's crowdfunding platform enables students, staff, clubs or societies to ask for financial support and investment towards projects and activities from a wide community of supporters – ‘a crowd’.  This is a collaborative initiative between the Alumni and Development Office, the Student Enterprise Team, Student Union and Surrey Business School. 

2015 Enterprise Summer School

The Ninth Annual Enterprise Summer School will take place from Wednesday 24 June through to Friday 26 June at G Live in Guildford.

Surrey student scoops Surrey Business Enterprise prize

Second-year MEng Aerospace Engineering student Michel Mesquita has won one of the Surrey Business Enterprise Student Support Scheme prizes

Come to How to Get Hired Live - 23 February Wembley

How to Get Hired Live gives you access to talks and workshops you won’t find on campus including enhancing your soft skills, how to be a great intern,building your personal brand, making you commercially aware and using social media to get ahead in your career.

Win £2000 - Take part in the Santander International Social Enterprise Challenge 2015

The International Social Enterprise Challenge is sponsored by Santander.  Your team could win £1000 with a further £1000 being donated to the charity involved.  

Becoming an entrepreneur is top career aspiration for 18-25 year olds

The UK Trade and Investment and the Economist Intelligence Unit have just published a report confirming that setting up a business is the top career choice for 18 to 25 years olds across the world.

Surrey Students win the Semi-Final of national enterprise competition

Students from University of Surrey prove their entrepreneurial spirit and win the Semi-Final of a national enterprise competition - Student SimChallenge

Young Enterprise Teams to sell at the Rotary Club Christmas Fair

Three Young Enterprise Teams from the University of Surrey will be selling their wares at the Rotary Club Christmas Fair that takes place on Saturday, 13 December, 2014 between 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Royal Grammar School located at the top of the High Street in Guildford.  Come along and support our enterprising students and buy some Christmas presents at the same time.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Create a crowd

Crowdfunding is coming to the University of Surrey!

£150 Student Enterprise Video Challenge

Calling all budding film makers? Your chance to win £150 and the opportunity to create a video for Student Enterprise for a one-off fee.


Business Enterprise Student Support Scheme Winter Deadline Set

The Business Enterprise Student Support Scheme (BESSS)  is open to most students currently at University of Surrey.  The scheme can provide up to £5000 funding to progress an initiative to start or develop an entrepreneurial activity.  The deadline for Winter applications is Friday 31 October, 2014.

Calling all Fashionistas! Opportunity to pitch your fashion idea in Milan!

Are you a budding enterprising fashionista?  Then you may be interested in a Startup Fashion Pitch Competition being held at the next Decoded Fashion Summit in Milan this coming October.

Creative Talent Comes to the Studio

Studio based on Stag Hill campus is available for any student who wishes to set up a retail enterprise.  The Studio has been used as a retail space for selling candles, cameras, bicycles, clothes arts and crafts as well being a base for hairdressing businesses.  Most recently, the Studio proved to be the ideal venue for budding artistic enterprises and has been successfully used by two inspiring start ups:   ProArté and HauArtsy.

Fantastic Scholarship Opportunities for Entrepreneurial-Minded Students

Do you have a passion for entrepreneurship that you would like to share with others and make things happen?  

Are you interested in helping enterprising students develop their business ideas?  

Then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!  

Student Enterprise in conjunction with the Surrey Business School are delighted to announce the availability of two unique opportunities for those interested in studying either the MBA or MSC in Entrepreneurship at the University of Surrey.  Final year undergraduate students from the Surrey Business School can also apply.  These not-to-be-missed opportunities consist of a £3,000 scholarship towards course fees combined with working on a part-time basis to promote enterprise within the University.

Art Jamming Comes to the University of Surrey

Sarah Hau, one of our budding entrepreneurs is introducing the University of Surrey to Art Jamming which will take place at the Studio on Saturday 12 July, 2014 between 1900-2300

Successful Conclusion to the 2014 Enterprise Summer School

The 8th Annual Enterprise Summer School drew to a close on Friday 20 June following three intense packed days of hands-on enterprise-related topics and tasks.

Delegates and Course Organisers of the Enterprise Summer School 2014, G Live, Guildford, Friday 20 June, 2014

2014 Enterprise Summer School Here at Last!

25 delegates, an impressive team of guest entrepreneurs and mentors, fantastic venues and an exciting packed programme - Must be the 2014 Enterprise Summer School

2014 SETsquared Winners

Our band of inspirational nominees went along to the 2014 SETsquared Awards which took place on Thursday 5 June at the University of Exeter.

Deadline for SETsquared Researcher 2 Innovator Programme Extended

The new deadline for applications for the SETsquared Researcher 2 Innovator Programme 2014 has been extended to Wednesday 28 May, 2014.

2014 SETsquared Award Nominations

We are proud to confirm the 2014 SETsquared Award Nominations from the University of Surrey:  Violet Palmer, Yousif Sadik, Josh Wright and Guillem Ross and Daniel Speller.

2014 Enterprise Summer School

The 8th Annual Enterprise Summer School will take place at G Live between 18-20 June 2014.  The challenging, innovative and inspiring event is open to all enterprising students from the University of Surrey and the University of the Creative Arts who dream of starting their own business. 

Women in business

The ai Corporation acquires Thoughtified to provide Big Data approach to preventing crime

Award winning innovation company Thoughtified announced today that it has been acquired by the ai Corporation, a leading provider of advanced products for fraud detection, for an undisclosed amount.

Can Entrepreneurship be taught? The Entrepreneurship Summer School Brussels Experience

University of Surrey BESSS grant winner, Violet Palmer, discusses the Think Young Entrepreneurship Summer School (ESS) in Brussels

Surrey student wins enterprise award for revolutionary bandages

A company set up by one enterprising student that will radically improve the care for those living with traumatic injuries, has won a national award.

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