Student Enterprise

Workshops and programmes

We offer a range of workshops and events designed to challenge and run by our experienced entrepreneurs. These events and workshops might open up the possibility of running your own business and will certainly help you explore and develop your business and personal skills.

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Skills Ladder

Student Enterprise in collaboration with the University's Careers Service runs a regular series of Enterprise Skills Ladder Workshops through the academic year. The sessions are aimed primarily at undergraduate and postgraduate students who would like to find out more about starting their own business or social enterprise. The sessions are also open to staff as well as students. You can come along to as many sessions as you like.

What's involved?

The sessions usually take place on Wednesdays during semester and run from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  

Led by business professionals, the workshops are aimed at promoting an awareness of the different areas that need to be addressed/considered when setting up a business.  The sessions are introductory and broad in nature. Where appropriate,  the sessions will be as interactive as possible and will make use of case studies to help illustrate points and bring the subject alive for participants. You will be able to ask questions and be signposted to sources of further information. 

 To book on to the latest events please head over to our Eventbrite which has all the latest up to date information.

Inspiring Enterprise

Are you a student or unemployed Graduate? Do you dream of starting your own business, social enterprise, freelancing or becoming self-employed? If so The University of Surrey can help.

 A new project to help budding entrepreneurs called Inspiring Enterprise, has been launched and is now coming to the University of Surrey, thanks to ESF and Lottery funding.

 If you have an idea for a business or social enterprise start-up, or if you would like to freelance in your field or become self-employed then this project is for you. We can offer taster sessions, individual advice, small group workshop sessions, training days, valuable meet-up clubs, helpful guides, your own personal mentors and much, much more, all for free!

In order to be eligible you must live in North Hampshire or South West Surrey, be 18+and you must be unemployed or in full time education (FE, HE). This can include students who are graduating this year.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the option of being self-employed, whilst also gaining invaluable employability skills, which will make you an asset to any organisation. 

Please contact the Student Enterprise team today for an informal chat at  or on 01483683489​​, for more details and to register your interest. 

Deadline to register is 13th October 2017.

Tuesday  17th Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 1 Business Planning
Tuesday 24th Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 2 Intellectual property
Tuesday 31st  Inspiring Enterprise: Making the most of your Website
Tuesday  7th  Inspiring Enterprise - Social/Networking Event
Tuesday 14th Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 4 Social Media Marketing 
Tuesday 21st  Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 5 Sources of finance and business banking
Tuesday 28th Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 6 Legal responsibilities and Insurance
Tuesday 5th Inspiring Enterprise: Social/Networking Event
Tuesday 9th Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 7 Crowdfunding
Tuesday 16th Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 8 Tax\ Accountancy
Tuesday 23rd Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 9 Branding your business
Tuesday 30th  Inspiring Enterprise: Workshop 10 Social Enterprise 
Tuesday 6th  Inspiring Enterprise -  End of Programme Social/Networking Event





Enactus Surrey is a society at the University of Surrey, but to our members it’s more than just a society. Enactus is a worldwide community of students, academics, and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to improve lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

Enactus Surrey has many projects both locally and internationally. An example of one of our local projects is JumpStart, which is a project that aims to reduce youth unemployment in Guildford by running employability workshops and one-to-one mentoring. An example of one of our international projects is Source, which is a project in the Philippines that provides and installs solar lighting to houses that do not have lighting, or are using kerosene lamps.  

As well as having a positive impact on people’s lives, being part of Enactus also opens many opportunities, like free training to develop skills. Regional, National and Global World Cup competitions take place annually, these develop the leadership skills of Enactus members as well as providing a platform to meet other teams and share ideas in a culture of learning and developing from each other.

For more information visit our website or join our society on

Enterprise Summer School

The Enterprise Summer School is an intense three-day introduction to the world of enterprise.  The event is open to past and present students from the University of Surrey and the University of the Creative Arts irrespective of the discipline studied.  Led by experts, the Enterprise Summer School gives you the tools, guidelines and support you need to successfully start a business or social enterprise.  The programme is easy to grasp, interactive, fun and will help you to succeed.

The Enterprise Summer School will present you with a series of practical challenges, requiring you to think innovatively and work successfully in teams to succeed.  You will:

  • Explore the basics of developing a business idea
  • Develop practical business skills to enhance your employability
  • Receive guidance and support from business experts
  • Build your network with other like-minded students and successful entrepreneurs
  • Be inspired!

Upon completing all three days, you will receive a Certificate from the Enterprise Summer School to mark your achievement - what a great accolade to add to your CV.

What is the Enterprise Summer School?

The Enterprise Summer School is a joint event between the University of Surrey and the University for the Creative Arts. The event is a three-day intense interactive workshop which introduces you to the world of enterprise. It takes you through a number of different tasks, following an idea from its foundation, through business planning, sales, marketing, and team building pitching the idea itself. The practical exercises will use a real company as a case study.  All tasks are designed to test you and improve your skills, and you will have to work cohesively in a team throughout.  

Why should I come to the Enterprise Summer School?

The Enterprise Summer School gives you the opportunity to develop a whole range of different skills, in areas such as fundraising, sales and marketing , as well as teamwork and leadership, making you immediately more attractive to potential employers. The 3 days will require you to think strategically and collaboratively with your team, teaching you a range of problem-solving skills along the way. The structure of the Enterprise Summer School will allow you to follow how an idea can go from just that, to a fully-fledged venture, giving you an insight into entrepreneurial thinking.  With interactive, innovative and challenging activities throughout the 3 days, it will also be great fun and give you an opportunity to network with like-minded enterprises students and entrepreneurial speakers and mentors.

Who can attend the Enterprise Summer School?

The Enterprise Summer School is open to all current and alumni students from all disciplines and backgrounds from the University of Surrey and the University for the Creative Arts. You don't need any knowledge of business or finance, just enthusiasm. Places are strictly limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis with priority based on receipt of the registration form and payment.

What time does the Enterprise Summer School start and finish on each day?

Day 1: 0845 – 2130

Day 2: 0845 – 2130

Day 3: 0845 – 1600

The Enterprise Summer School is an intensive 3-day course and we do ask students to be available for the entire programme. All meals and refreshments are provided, including two evening networking dinners where you can meet fellow course participants and mentors.

Where will I stay if I require accommodation?

Accommodation at The Mandolay Hotel, Guildford will be available to those students who live outside of the local area at a cost of £110, which includes your attendance at the Enterprise Summer School.

What do I do if I have allergies and special dietary needs?

Every effort is made to make the event as accessible and enjoyable for all attendees and it is always possible to provide a vegetarian option. At the time of registration, please email if you have any dietary or specific requirements. We are often required to give our venue providers at least 2 weeks notice so please give us as much notice as possible of any special dietary requests.

Will I be able to get a refund for my travel costs and parking costs?

No, as a general rule, delegates are expected to pay their own travel fares and parking costs and are not able to have these costs refunded. In exceptional circumstances where a delegate has a long-haul journey and unreasonable travel costs, the delegate should contact their study centre to discuss the matter.

What should I do if I am ill or am unable to attend the Enterprise Summer School?

Prior to the event:  All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing 3 full working days (Monday-Friday) prior to the start of the event to

If the above notification period is not given or in the event of non-attendance, the the following cancellation fee applies:    £50 for one or more days whatever the reason.

During the event:  Please ensure that your attendance is note each day to avoid being charged the cancellation fee by signing an attendance sheet at registration.

Notification of non-attendance during the event:  Please notify the organiser in the first instance by calling 07875 665348 or also by sending an  email to

Illness: In the event of non-attendance due to illness, a doctor's certificate may be provided otherwise the full cancellation fee will be charged.

What is the dress code for the Enterprise Summer School?

We would suggest wearing comfortable casual smart clothing with sensible footwear as you will be required to walk around when you are conducting market research.

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