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Student Ventures

UWE Bristol Student Ventures provides students with the opportunity to get their ideas off the ground. With physical space, business support and funding available we’ll be on hand to help you at every stage of your entrepreneurial journey.

Have your own space on campus

Our facilities will provide you with the right environment to test your ideas.

Pop-up shop or gazebo

Pop-up shop

UWE Bristol Enterprise is offering an exciting opportunity to run your own pop-up shop on Frenchay Campus. Go up to an initial six weeks or have a pop-up gazebo for one-to-three day testing. The units are free to hire and let you test your ideas, prove your concept and start building a customer base. Plus, you get to keep any profit made.  

Run your own campus shop

We have three shop units available for student use on the F Block Terrace outside OneZone. Each is a different size, providing flexible space depending on business needs. All have electricity and heating, and one has its own kitchenette with capacity for the preparation of food or beverages.

Pop-up gazebo

For a shorter one-to-three day test trading period, try one of our brand-new pop-up gazebos. This is a great opportunity to test out an idea before progressing onto a full shop for a longer period.

If you have any questions about the pop-up opportunity please submit your queries to UWE Bristol Enterprise via My Questions (InfoHub login required).

Apply for a pop-up shop or gazebo

Applications are open on an ongoing basis. Find out about the pop-up shop and gazebo criteria and how to apply (InfoHub login required).

Incubation space (co-working desk space)

Develop your own venture in a collaborative, supportive environment with others on the same journey to you. Our incubation space includes:

  • exclusive incubation space on Frenchay Campus
  • eight hot-desk spaces, computers and group co-working in the Employability and Enterprise Zone (E-zone 2D11), open weekdays
  • two desk spaces in the Faculty of Business and Law
  • two desk spaces in the graduate start-up incubator Launch Space.

Submit a question through My Questions in Infohub (login required) to find out more how you can take advantage of any of these spaces.

Advice and business support

Online resources

The Starting a Business tookit (InfoHub login required) will support you through every step of developing a business.

With the online enterprise portal Simply Do (registration needed) you can develop a live business plan and get tailored feedback on your business idea.

Have a quick enterprise-related query? Submit a question through My Questions in Infohub (login required) and we’ll get back to you with guidance as soon as we can.

Business Advice Clinics

The Business Advice Clinic, part of the Pro Bono Services from Bristol Law School, offers a range of advice to start-up businesses. Get advice on areas like company set-ups, intellectual property, contractual terms and conditions, data protection, employment and property matters.

You can contact the clinic through My Questions (InfoHub login required) or by emailing Marcus Keppel-Palmer at Marcus.Keppel-Palmer@uwe.ac.uk.

Ignite

The Ignite Entrepreneur Support Programme (InfoHub login required) is an eight-week programme, running once a term, to help move your start-up ideas through to the proof-of-concept phase. Participants have access to regular one-to-one support and incubation space on campus.

Enterprise Advisor appointments

Arrange a consultation with one of our Enterprise Advisors for advice on progressing your idea or business. Book through InfoHub (login required) or submit a question through My Questions if you can’t find a timeslot that works for you.

Financial support

Dragons' Den

We hold an annual Dragons' Den-style pitching event, in partnership with Santander Universities, to support the growth of existing student businesses or social enterprise. Up to ten of the best ideas are chosen to be pitched in front of a panel of judges, with the chance of winning up to £5,000.

Pitch-a-thon

You could win up to £500 through Pitch-A-Thon, our live pitching competition where you can present any idea, business or improvement of an existing concept in front of your peers and a panel of judges. Application details will be released soon.

'Try It’ and ‘Launch It’ Awards

Get financial support for a new business through the ‘Try It’ (£125-£500) and ‘Launch It’ (£1250) Awards, sponsored by Santander Universities. Open to all UWE Bristol students. To find out more please contact enterprise@uwe.ac.uk.

Start-Up Scholarship

You could get £1,000 for an eight-week summer Start-Up Scholarship (InfoHub login required). Alongside the funding, you’ll also have access to your own dedicated mentor and exclusive co-working space. Open to all students, there are two strands – the Start-up Scholarship and the Impact and Innovation Scholarship.

External Funding

Our team are also able to help signpost you towards external funding opportunities. Submit a question through My Questions in InfoHub (login required) to find out more.

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