Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Whether you want to learn about and develop enterprise and entrepreneurship skills and capabilities or become an entrepreneur, we have several initiatives to help kick-start that journey.

Getting involved in enterprise and entrepreneurship helps students to develop transferable skills such as commercial awareness, creative problem solving, teamwork, leadership and communication — skills that top employers look for in graduates.

The University of Suffolk’s enterprise team provides students and graduates opportunities and support whether it is setting up their own business or social enterprise, becoming freelance/self-employed, creating a scalable start-up or developing these crucial skills ready for the job market.

What is Student Enterprise?

Our student enterprise initiatives aim to help you to take charge of your personal development by enabling you to explore alternative career prospects such as starting your own business or social enterprise. Students have the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of programmes, competitions, events and activities throughout the year; which can be added to CVs' thus demonstrating those crucial high-demand skills.

The enterprise and entrepreneurial pathway is also an option to explore if you want to discover or grow your business or creative flare or develop a passion project or hobby, into a potential money-maker. The CEE team host an extensive and varied range of beginners:  

  • Business start-up boot camps 
  • Inspirational guest speakers sharing success stories from experience 
  • Casual networking meetups 
  • Hands-on workshops 
  • Online masterclasses 
  • Tailored 1:1 guidance 
  • Dedicated mentors 

For those looking to advance off the beginners mark we host:

  • Standalone pitching events with real life investors 
  • Specialist allocated mentors to assist your scale up 
  • Exclusive invitation to closed network/ membership events (FSB/BGC)

To learn more about what we offer, see our range of services below or get in touch!

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Enterprise & Careers Zone

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Enterprise & Careers Zone

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Enterprise & Careers Zone

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Enterprise & Careers Zone

  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Unravelled: What does it really mean and what is the value to students?

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  • Drop-in about careers and employability including freelancing and start-ups with expert staff.

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  • Join the collaborative and creative hot desking space perfect for new-business start-ups.

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  • Other useful support, services and resources that will help you in your start-up journey.

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Make A Difference: Social Enterprise & Business Start-Up Bootcamp

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Make A Difference: Social Enterprise & Business Start-Up Bootcamp

Open to everyone, this boot camp for total beginners is focused specifically on social enterprise.

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Find Your Inner Entrepreneur

Open to everyone, these tailored sessions are perfect if you're considering a business start-up. Prepare for ideas aplenty and come ready to innovate!

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Start, Build, Grow

New advanced programme for businesses now launching – tailored expert mentoring from the Business Growth Coach Network (BGCN).

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Ipswich Entrepreneurs Network

Casual, fun and relaxed with no official commitments this meet-ups are open to all students and local enterprise people who have a business or are thinking of having a business.

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The Games Hub

The Games Hub was launched in 2016 to address a skills shortage in the county, and has gone on to help students and graduates showcase their games through the Tranzfuser scheme.