Bring your ideas to life...

We believe everyone has the capacity to make a positive difference in the world around them.

Developing your powers as a creative problem-solver who can bring ideas to life is an investment that will repay you for the rest of your life. Enterprise & Innovation activities at Lancaster are the perfect training ground for you and your ideas, to help you find direction and focus, and to meet like-minded people...

Win £25,000 for your startup!

The annual Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards are back for 2018!
If you've recently started a business, or have a well developed idea, we want to hear from you.

Find out how you can get involved at Lancaster and you could be in with the chance of winning £25,000 and an exciting prize package.

What are Labs?

Our ‘pick ’n’ mix’ Labs programme is designed to allow you to work on what you want, when you want, whether you’re tackling a social or environmental challenge, launching a start-up, working on a company project, preparing to pitch or simply looking to develop your entrepreneurial mindset using proven design thinking techniques.

How do I get started?

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be invited to a 1-2-1 IntroLab session so we can help you put together an action plan to get moving. After that, when you book a session, we’ll provide space, materials, know-how and other useful resources to keep you moving forward. Wherever possible, we’ll seek to connect you with other students or mentors to learn alongside.

If it's inspiration you need...

Many enterprising Lancaster students and graduates have done exciting things with their ideas, during their time at University and in life after.

If you want to make the most out of your student experience and are looking for inspiration to get started, check out our 'Inspire Me' tag on the News pages, and take a look at the Startup Stories gallery for tales of triumph, failure and lessons learned.

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

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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Lancaster University Enterprise Awards

Lancaster University Enterprise Awards

In December we celebrated the entrepreneurial achievements of our students, researchers and alumni at The Lancaster University Enterprise Awards.

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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:
Introduction to Design Thinking: 31st January

On the 31st of January 2018, 13 students from a range of disciplines and areas of study ga...

Win £25,000! Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards info session next week

One of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competitions, is HERE! How can ...

T1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Information Session

Are you an international student looking to start a business in the UK after graduation?

In ...

Conversations in Creativity: DESIGN DISRUPTORS

Screening of DESIGN DISRUPTORS Documentary

As part of UCLan School of Art, Design & Fash...

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 Programme Manager

Amanda Brooks

Amanda Brooks

Enterprise Education Development Manager

Charlotte Stuart

Charlotte Stuart

Enterprise Education Development Manager

Niki Swaffield

Niki Swaffield

U Start Project Manager

Chris Lowerson

Chris Lowerson

U Start Project Coordinator

Gerasimos Balis

Gerasimos Balis

Design Facilitator

Francesca Bennett

Francesca Bennett

U Start Project Administrator

Miranda Cooper

Miranda Cooper

Enterprise Assistant