Ready to make your idea happen?

We believe that everyone has the capacity to change the world. But it takes resilience, passion and creativity.
We're here to help you to unlock yours and to realise your ideas and ambitions, at Lancaster and beyond.

Explore the site to find out what you can do this year, and when you're ready just:

Harness your creativity

Want to try your hand at problem solving, design thinking, learning through play, testing and prototyping, all while developing your team-working and leadership capabilities?

Come and play with ideas:
IdeasLab, in the Learning Zone
Every Wednesday, 2pm-3:30pm

Develop your idea with the Enterprise Team and unlock access to innovation experts, tools and resources, networks and collaborators.

Build a better business

Want to try your hand at value creation, business planning, starting lean, failing forward and pivoting, all while developing your resilience and strategic thinking?

Come and work on your business model:
StartupLab, in the Learning Zone
Every Thursday, 10:30am - 12pm

Start your new venture with the Enterprise Team and unlock access to funding, mentoring, hot-desking and even qualifications.

Are you ready for Social Storm?

Running from 11th to 19th November, MAKE IT HAPPEN is a programme of workshops, masterclasses,
networking events and competitions to boost your skills, creativity and resilience...

...which are precisely the superpowers you'll need to join in SOCIAL STORM global sustainability challenge
maybe even win £1000 to kickstart your solution.

Or perhaps you're looking for...

Support for PG Researchers

Support for PG Researchers

If you are keen to develop your creativity, your peer networks and your commercial awareness to enhance your PhD, ask about our PG Rise scheme.

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Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

Arrange an appointment to find out about this visa scheme aimed at supporting international graduates to establish businesses in the UK.

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Funding for Enterprising Ideas

Funding for Enterprising Ideas

Apply for a R&D grant of up to £500 to help progress your idea or your startup. Funding is provided by Santander Universities.

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Become a game developer

Become a game developer

Calling all gamers & designers! Join the current development phase of Black Swan, our board game to help you learn about Intellectual Property.

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Read our blog

We publish opportunities, stories, news items, reflective journals and much more from Lancaster students and entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. Here are the latest posts:
GUEST BLOG: Sebastian Weise, PlaceChangers

“I realised that entrepreneurship can be a powerful source of doing good and making a pos...

Innovate 2016

The Global Spotlight on UK Innovation Hosted by the Department for International Trade and Inno...

Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition

Organised in partnership with UNESCO, Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition challenges students wor...

T1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Info Session

Want to start a business in the UK when you graduate? If you are a non-EEA national who require...

Meet the entrepreneurs

Here are a few examples of businesses started by Lancaster students, alumni and staff:

Meet some happy customers

We are lucky enough to work with students, alumni and staff on ideas of all shapes and sizes. Here's what a few of them think.
Always an absolute pleasure working with your team, from workshops and events to funding and advice, I was firmly supported by a strong team of individuals every step of the way. My business would never have emerged without your guidance and support.

Anthony Humphreys

iLancaster Developer, ISS

I feel very lucky to have access to a very experienced team based in Lancaster. The Enterprise Team always help me to move in the right direction, avoiding mistakes that might lead to unnecessary costs or failure.

Kate Pykhanova

BSc Hons Marketing, Class of 2016

Good ideas are an essential part of research originality. The creative thinking session taught me how to generate them & to move away from ones that won't work out. This has been invaluable in constructing concepts & arguments as part of my thesis, and enables me to be more confident in my work.

Joshua Hughes

PhD Law

If you’ve ever participated in activities led by the Lancaster University Enterprise Team, we’d love to know what you think.

Meet the team

Meet the people who will work with you to make your ideas happen at Lancaster
Jon Powell

Jon Powell

Enterprise Team Manager

Simon Harrison

Simon Harrison

Enterprise Champion Project Manager

Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks

Enterprise Education Development Manager

Chris Lowerson

Chris Lowerson

Enterprise Co-ordinator

Francesca Green

Francesca Green

Enterprise Administrator

Miranda Cooper

Miranda Cooper

Enterprise Assistant