I want to make things happen
Whether you’re an undergrad or a post grad, first year or final year, and regardless of your degree background, if you have an idea for a business, project or social enterprise, or you simply want to become more commercially aware, we can help you to get started.
You might dream of running your own company, or you might want to create an event or campaign on campus. You might even be looking to work on your enterprise skills to improve your employability; whatever your motivations, engaging in enterprise activities whilst at University will give you greater control of your career options and allows you to apply your knowledge and skills in an innovative way.
If you’d like to get involved in some of the things the Enterprise Team does, take a look at what’s on offer.
New for 2017/18 – bring your challenges, ideas and skills to the Innovation Labs in the Learning Zone. Whether you’re looking for new ways to innovate the world around you, launching a startup or social enterprise, gearing up for a competition or a pitch, taking on new responsibilities as a student leader or or whether you’re undertaking a placement during your studies; we can help.
Funding Enterprising Ideas
If you have an idea for a business or other initiative, or if you’d like support to test an idea, apply for up to £500 from the Lancaster University Enterprise Fund.
T1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa
Lancaster University’s overseas students who are interested in starting a business in the UK after they graduate need to obtain the T1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa. This visa issued by the Home Office is dependent on an endorsement from the University of a robust business plan.
Competitions & Events
We regularly advertise local, national and sometimes international, competitions and events giving you the opportunity to pitch for big cash prizes and invaluable business support, or improve your team building and leadership skills.
For students starting a commercial or social venture, being mentored by someone more experienced can be invaluable and a mentoring relationship provides a space for shared experiences, development, networking and confidence building opportunities.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you’re not ready for a mentor, but you would like to meet a local business owner with real life experience and lessons to share, we can connect you with the University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence. Contact us for more information about the entrepreneurs, and their available dates.
If it’s inspiration you’re looking for, our Startup Stories gallery has plenty of wisdom and insights for all. Read up on the career journeys of a selection of Lancaster University graduates who have made their ideas happen and taken a leap of faith into the unknown by starting their own businesses.