What is this about?

An idea can strike at any time. But turning that idea into a thriving enterprise takes a little longer. It needs to be built up and tested out, refined and evolved - building a solid foundation around that first spark.

We’re here to help harness energy, creativity and drive, to give ambition physical form - converting thoughts into actions, and goals into strategies. It’s not a straight line with a set start and finish. It’s a process of progression, always evolving - breaking new ground and setting new directions. And it’s no solo endeavour. We know that great entrepreneurs are lauded for their single minded strength, but we also know that collaboration is a powerful force. With skills workshops, we turn students into a workplace-ready professionals. With peer support and partnerships, we turn innovative ideas into working enterprises. And with professional mentorship and advice, we turn start-ups and SMEs into business equipped to reach new consumer markets.

This is a home to the next step, a space and a service designed to help your ideas thrive - for turning vision into venture, and business thinkers into business leaders.

What's on offer?

- Business Model Development
- Insights into Industry
- Creative Enterprise Support
- Opportunities to pitch for funding
- Help to register your business
- Creative Thinking Workshops
- Expert advice drop-ins
- Co-working facilities

Find out more by coming to speak to a member of our team in the Work in Progress Space. You can also find and book on to all of our events through TargetConnect - just filter the events category by 'Innovation, Entrepreneurial Learning and Business Support'

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.

How do I get started?

During Welcome Week and the first week of term, we will be holding drop-in sessions 10am - 4pm in our Work in Progress space on Alex Square (between Barclays and the entrance to the South Spine). Whether you are just looking to get involved in some creative activities outside your studies, have an idea you would like to make happen or even an existing business that you would like to scale-up, please come along for a chat.

Read our latest news & blogs

We publish opportunities, stories, news items, reflective journals and much more from Lancaster students, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. Got a story you think we should be sharing? Let us know!
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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.

Contact us

Got a question that you want to ask? Want to access the support offered by Work in Progress? Let us know...