About

Our aim is to give all students the chance to explore innovative ideas and to develop your business skills whilst developing skills to use in your career.

We offer a range of activities and challenges to give you a taste of 'enterprise' and maybe even launch your own business.

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Enterprise spaces on campus

The enterprise team supports all students who want to develop their business into the real thing, that’s what these spaces help with.

A space for ‘your business’. The Studio is a dedicated incubator space for student and alumni businesses. It offers a collaborative office space, for you to work alongside other businesses and gain real life experience; of what it is like to run your own business in a safe supportive environment.

If you’re interested in trying out your business in the Enterprise Studio, then please be in touch with the Enterprise team and email studententerprise@surrey.ac.uk or come to the office, ground floor of the Business School, 13 MS 01.

    The space is a flexible presentation suite, meeting room and idea generation space. It has been created to allow students to develop their business from idea to launch. Additionally, all of Student Enterprise workshops will be ran out of the space

    All student businesses working in the Enterprise Studio have access to the space.

    Our dedicated food kiosk allows our Neu! Food competition winners to trial their food businesses. Our unique partnership with the campus-based Hillside restaurant allows you to market test and trial your food business for six weeks. If successful you’re then eligible to pitch your busy directly to senior catering staff of why your business should remain trading on the kiosk for the rest of the year.

      Mentoring and Support

      Our mentors are local business professionals, passionate about their specialist area. They volunteer their time to help you by sharing their practical advice on overcoming the hurdles involved in setting up in business. If you would like to be linked to a mentor please contact us at studententerprise@surrey.ac.uk

      To arrange a 121 with Vincenzo contact studententerprise@surrey.ac.uk

      Vincenzo is a serial entrepreneur with commercial acumen rising from his visionary instinct and technical insight. He has created and built technology companies, brands and negotiated multi-million GBP contracts.

      After initially working internationally with Sony and Panasonic he is personally launching a series of software companies, focused within Broadcasting, Media, and Security Industries. His UK start-up ventures, began in 1999 developing a software platform delivering Digital Content to consumers - that company, grew to become PLC’s, all establishing a global presence with multi-million GBP of revenue and in 2005 founded an IP product company, for security industry that became a reality in Europe and the Middle East.

      Following acquisition in 2004 and 2014, Vincenzo has since dedicated most of his time to investment, coaching, advising and mentoring start-up ventures and SME’s within the UK technology industries. Vincenzo also joined Richard Branson (Virgin Start-up) helping to develop the next generation of young entrepreneurs and he is often a guest speaker and has been on business panels at various events.

      Vincenzo helps start-ups and scale-ups incubators with his business techniques and tools.

      His passion for education in business has led him in developing Business Courses – he has been a regular Visiting Lecturer at CASS Business School-London and University of London.

      Author: Vincenzo wrote and researched the book “The Journey”,
      tracking his ancestors back to the 1800 and describing his family and business life – what it took him to keep motivated and moving forward.

      Business engagement

      We are always looking to work with businesses or individuals who can help to inspire our students and foster their entrepreneurial spirit. Whether you can help us with a financial donation or simply by offering your time and expertise, we would be grateful to hear from you.

      Our students really value interacting with successful business people so we would love to hear from you however you want to get involved.

      Please email us at: studententerprise@surrey.ac.uk or call 01483 683489.

      Inspire young people for their future in the business world.

      Because your insight and experience can:

      • Help raise awareness of the breadth of opportunities available.
      • Develop the students’ business awareness and employability skills.
      • Inspire young people to pursue a right career path for them.
      • Empower students who aspire to run their own businesses.
      • Guide and mentor prestart-ups and start-up businesses

      What’s in it for you?

      Volunteering with us brings a range of benefits for you and your business, including:

      • Raising your profile, enhancing your reputation in your local community, and making a real contribution to your Corporate Social Responsibility commitments.
      • Extending both your professional and personal networks.
      • It’s a fun and rewarding experience that really makes a difference to the students you encounter.

      The short answer to that is however much time you could give! The longer answer is:

      Available for an hour or two?

      If you have just hour or two, consider the following:

      • Give a talk or be interviewed by students about your career and your company development
      • Run a workshop
      • Be a judge at our pitching competitions
      • Attend a student and business networking event

      Available for a whole day? Once or twice a year?

      • You could help run one of the many business games that we facilitate.

      Little time but can offer financial support

      You could consider making a donation - it helps our students in numerous ways.

      Transformers and Rectifiers made a donation we assigned to a prize fund at a Dragon’s Den style pitching competition. The winners used the money to take their business idea to the next level. One student used their prize money for a prototype, Bluelephant was one such winner.

      Alternatively, you could consider making a donation to our Student Enterprise Fund. Generous donations from the local business community provide valuable funding for pre-start up and early start up student businesses.