We give all students the chance to explore innovative ideas, to develop the practical skills they need to start a business and to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, change-makers and leaders to do better business and be at the forefront of innovative thinking. We do this through providing free start-up bootcamps, interactive workshops, professional legal and financial advice plus ideation sessions, hackathons, innovation placements and exciting internships in SMEs and microcompanies.
We work with business experts, inspirational speakers, mentors and a range of businesses to enrich our support and grow the dynamic and cost-free network of support we offer to students.
We are committed to supporting students from all walks of life to realise their potential, to have an excellent student experience and to be happy and healthy as they develop their ideas alongside their studies. The Student Enterprise team undertake training to stay ahead of current business and innovation trends, to improve their practice and to support the wellbeing of students, including MHFA Mental Health First Aider training.
Enterprise spaces on campus
The enterprise team supports all students who want to make their business idea a reality.
Our spaces on campus provide physical places to work on your business, hold professional meetings, do pitch practice and ideate in groups.
Check out the different spaces and what they can be used for below.
The space is a flexible presentation suite, private mentoring space and small meeting room. Located at the foot of the outside library steps, smaller Student Enterprise workshops take place in the Innovation cube and pitch panels make use of this space for the private and professional feel of the room.
You can book this space by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students and recent graduates can access office space and resources in our campus incubator, the Enterprise Cube.
This is a space for entrepreneurs to grow their ideas and build their businesses. The space is open for use throughout the week and weekend, with Co-working Wednesdays every week for those who would like to work alongside others for encouragement, collaboration or support.
If you'd like to access the Enterprise Cube, pop along on a Wednesday or email email@example.com.
Found on Senate House level 2, this space is an large, open plan area with comfortable seating for sociable working and hackathons, breakout rooms for private sessions and small huddle areas for team meetings and focussed time.
This space is always bustling with students studying, reading or working on ideas and Student Enterprise run their larger, groupwork sessions and events here such as Hackathon17 in June, where students can work on solving a set of the Sustainable Development Goals each year.
Part of the Global No.1 business incubator, SETsquared Surrey is powered by University of Surrey and based in the Surrey Technology Centre on the Surrey Research Park near Manor Park.
Graduates can progress through Student Enterprise into SETsquared Surrey if their business is high tech, high growth and each year Student Enterprise funds membership for a small number of appropriate graduate start-ups.
SETsquared Surrey does not take equity in any company, instead its programme nurtures members to grow their business by providing a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem and a flexible co-working space.
If you would like to discuss your company’s suitability for the Surrey SETsquared incubator please contact Lottie Watson on firstname.lastname@example.org, mentioning Student Enterprise if you are already engaging with us.
Our mentors are local business professionals, passionate about their specialist area and experienced in business practices and processes, and may be entrepreneurs themselves. They volunteer their time to help students by sharing their practical advice on overcoming the hurdles involved in setting up in business.
> To join our mentor network please contact us at email@example.com
> As a student or recent graduate, to be linked with a mentor please contact your Student Enterprise manager who will be happy to suggest a match from the network
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 philanthropic donation or by offering an innovation challenge or internship opportunity, we would be grateful to hear from you.
Our students really value interacting with successful businesses so we would love to hear from you however you want to get involved.
Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Entrepreneur in Residence business support
Vincenzo Roberti 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.
To book a session with Vincenzo you mist be connected to Student Enterprise and will be referred to Vincenzo when your business is developed enough to benefit from his support.
> Students and recent grads, join the Student Enterprise community here or pop along to the Enterprise Cube outside the library steps