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-4pm


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 - 12.30pm


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

LU businesses shortlisted for Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2017

Kaizen Academy, the local mixed martial arts academy co-founded by Jose Maria Macedo (Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 2017) will compete at the regional heats in June 2017, alongside Charles Rogers (Entrepreneurship (with Management), 2018), shortlisted in the pre-revenue category with his queuing app, Cloudline.


If successful, they stand to win up to £82,000 in seed funding as well as mentoring and support from Santander.

We wish them both lots of luck in the next stage of the competition. To keep up to date with their progress, sign up to our newsletter.

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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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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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Put your enterprise skills towards your Lancaster Award

All of our activities count towards your Lancaster Award.
But there are more than 150 other things you can do through the University to boost your employability.

Check out the new Opportunities Explorer in iLancaster.

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:
23 Jun
GUEST BLOG: How to price your art

Inés Gregori Labarta is a PhD  student in the Department of English & Creative Language,...

Mastering Value Propositions – a webinar with Strategyzer

Following tomorrow’s IdeasLab (21st June 2017) we will be tuning in to StrategyzerR...

Venturefest Manchester 2017

‘Get your idea out there, find investment and accelerate growth’

Venturefest bri...

Funding Update: IDDE Ltd

Caleb Adamu and Toby Venning received funding from the Lancaster University Enterprise Fund ...

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 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

Francesca Green

Francesca Green

U Start Project Administrator

Miranda Cooper

Miranda Cooper

Enterprise Assistant