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£10,000 up for grabs for aspiring youngtrepreneurs

Enter Youngtrepreneurs Network’s The Start-Up Challenge Business Competition for a chance to win upto £10,000 investment to start your own business or grow an existing one!

Innovation Workshops start in Week 7

Starting in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017, a new series of workshops led by our Innovation Fellows will explore a variety of topics associated with innovation and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship and innovation have never been more important - at a time of global disruption, rapid technological change, economic uncertainty and environmental challenges. The global labour market mean it is important our graduates leave the University with a capability to make pro-active, positive and responsible contributions to society.

Booking essential.

Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival

The first ever Coventry & Warwickshire Business Festival is set to ignite the local business scene.

From 20th November to 1st December the region will come alive with a fortnight of exciting business events put on by local organisations from right across the region.

New academic year 2017/18

Week 1 is well underway! The Enterprise at Warwick team and the Warwick Enterprise Partnership are looking forward to the months ahead. We hope to meet lots of new students who have great ideas to share or who are keen to develop their enterprise skills.

Enactus Warwick make final 3!

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Enactus Warwick have been shortlisted to the final 3 in the ‘Most Improved’ category for the Summer Action Competition 2016. This is a fantastic achievement reflecting the hard work the team have put in this summer under the new president. They will find out on September 23 whether they have won the category. Fingers crossed...!

£3m fund for product-based start-ups launches

Design Idea

A £3m fund for product-based start-ups seeking to scale has been launched by successful entrepreneur Damon Bonser, who made his name selling impulse consumer products.

Bonser, who co-founded product-based business Spinning Hat in 2005 which was sold to last year, has set up the British Design Fund to plug a funding gap he spotted while mentoring start-ups.

The fund, which has a close relationship with the Design Council, expects to make a first close at £3m and will start making investments in late September, Bonser said.

Introducing Varsity Pitch supporter, Catalyst Founders


Catalyst Founders, based in Oxford, has an ambitious target; to invest in 50 young founders over the next 3 years. CF seeks to invest in innate entrepreneurial talent, providing investment, a support structure and a strong network to enable young would-be founders to achieve their entrepreneurial potential.

Stephen Barnett, the founder of CF, is passionate about providing an alternative to traditional graduate careers: “When I left university, my commercial options were limited largely to ever-present corporates; there were few alternatives for graduates with a great eye for spotting opportunity and a willingness to take a risk. CF aims to provide a credible...”.

Wellbeing Enterprises one of the UK New Radicals

Wellbeing Enterprises Staff and volunteers at a social enterprise based in Runcorn, Cheshire are celebrating after they were chosen as one of the 50 most radical organisations changing the UK for the better.

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC has made the New Radicals list which is a search led by Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and The Observer to find the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges. It was launched in 2012 and was run again in 2014.

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC provides...

£800k fund available for Warwickshire businesses

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Warwickshire micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) having difficulty accessing loans to fund their growth, are being given the chance to get loans from a new package of funding worth £800,000 from Warwickshire County Council and Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust (CWRT).

The small business loans programme is designed to help businesses access investment that will help them diversify or modernise their operations, leading to economic growth and job creation.

FabLab Coventry has landed

Fablab Coventry logo FabLab Coventry has arrived, thanks to a not-for-profit partnership between Coventry University, Coventry City Council, the University of Warwick and numerous other partners from both the private and charity sectors. FabLab Coventry is small-scale fabrication laboratory with 3D printing, laser cutting and more! It uses a "sweat equity" policy that means that volunteering counts towards the use of machines and membership fees.

Enactus Warwick success at Regional Competition

Enactus Warwick Enactus Warwick was one of 53 teams which competed in the Enactus Regional Competitions. Their committment and support helped them tackle rigorous Q & A and saw them through to the Enactus UK National Competition. In April, they will line up with 34 teams competing in London for the national title and the chance to represent the United Kingdom in the Global Final. Find out more about the work of Enactus Warwick.

Warwick Analytics wins Innovate UK Award

Warwick Analytics logo Warwick Analytics is one of six entrepreneurs that have won the opportunity to work with leading companies across the UK, developing prototypes that combat increasingly complex data challenges facing numerous industries. Organisations in the financial, education, advertising, sustainability and travel industries will be partnering with the startups whose ideas triumphed in Innovate UK’s IC tomorrow Intelligent Data Insights contest. The winners of the contest will...

Chemists celebrate International Women's Day with life changing crystal research

Chemistry group Researchers from the University of Warwick’s Chemistry department use their skills to analyse crystals with life changing applications. Their work helps to improve the composition of drugs, improve fungicides, enhance drug development and benefit industry. Emma Ravenhill, Faduma Maddar, Harriet Pearce and Maria Adobes-Vidal share a passion for chemistry and crystals...

Student Enterprise Fund supports 14 projects

Student Enterprise Fund

Students at the University of Warwick recently pitched their creative and innovative ideas to the Student Enterprise Fund. Fourteen applications for commercial and social enterprises were successful and feedback from applicants is rolling in...

"Thank you for the opportunity! It was a great experience to pitch in front of the panel."

Meet the first graduates of Warwick Ventures' Software Incubator!

Aamar Aslam Henry Jinman Warwick graduates who launched new businesses in the University’s Software Incubator are starting to see real returns on their hard work and commitment.

Two businesses which started out in the incubator just last year have started to expand and their novel approaches have already attracted customer and media interest. The entrepreneurs behind these companies used this opportunity to offer advice for others considering starting their own business...

Students go head-to-head at Enterprise Bootcamp

Bootcamp Warwick’s aspiring entrepreneurs participated in the University’s inaugural Student Enterprise Bootcamp. The 3-day course for students at the University of Warwick saw specialists give their tips and insights on entrepreneurship, understanding customers, managing money and intellectual property. Students also learnt about the changing face of...

Students devise start-ups to save the planet

Rebecca Goldsack-Smith What did you do during the summer holidays? This is pretty much the first question on every student’s lips when they return to university. Not many - aside from Clark Kent - will answer: I tried to save the planet. In her small but significant way that is exactly what Rebecca Goldsack-Smith did. The 24-year-old...

Student & graduate pitch competition opens

NACUE Varsity Pitch 2015 The NACUE Varsity Pitch is the UK’s biggest business competition for students and graduates, attracting the most innovative startups exploding out of college and university campuses. Students and recent graduates will be entered into two categories by submitting a 60 second video pitch...

Warwick graduates to launch bilingual book for children

D Trantina V Bondareva - Lingua Patria Press Two University of Warwick graduates, Veronika Bondareva of Russia and Diana Trantina of Armenia are set to present their first book, released by their own indie publishing house of bilingual books for children, Lingua Patria Press...

Warwick & Aston Business Schools win £2.9m Enterprise Research Centre

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Warwick Business School

Warwick Business School is joining forces with Aston Business School to create a new £2.9m Enterprise Research Centre to boost the performance of the UK’s SMEs.

The ERC is being launched in Global Entrepreneurship Week and its research will help drive Government policy to give SMEs and entrepreneurs...

David Nash sculpture marks University’s 50th anniversary

David Nash Sculpture Former artist-in-residence at the University, David Nash is regarded as one of the greatest sculptors working today. He's helping Warwick celebrate its 50th anniversary with a new timber sculpture carved to not only be beautiful, but to provide shelter for birds, bats and insects....

Crowdfunded initiative inspires next generation of student entrepreneurs

50 Years of Warwick Enterprise A new venture using crowdfunding to invite established entrepreneurs to support student enterprise has been launched at the University of Warwick. Called 50 Years of Warwick Enterprise...

Social Enterprise West Midlands and Social Enterprise UK announce new joint partnership

SEWM Social Enterprise West Midlands (SEWM) and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) have announced a joint decision to partner more strategically, and to integrate their activities over the coming year. The partners have agreed...

New figures reveal record breaking year for startups

StartUp Britain UK entrepreneurs created a record number of new businesses in 2014, according to new figures from StartUp Britain announced today/January 5.

Research from the national enterprise campaign, run by the Centre for Entrepreneurs think tank, shows...

The Prospects available in SMEs

National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs Unemployment in the United Kingdom continues to fall. The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 97,000 to 1.86 million in the last three months of 2014 and stands at 5.7% of the working population. However, not everyone benefits from...

Warwick takes forward partnership with goal of Californian campus 

Warwick in California Following the recommendation of its Senate and the approval of its Council the University of Warwick is taking forward a partnership with the University Development Trust to develop teaching and research, and a physical presence for Warwick, in California. The phased project will first develop teaching...

New grant will help physicists develop commercial impact 

STFC Warwick Ventures has helped win £55,000 of funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to allow researchers in Physics to develop greater commercial impact from their work...

Innovation and Entrepreneurship course for your global business

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Applications are open for this practically oriented course on generating new business ideas, developing and refining them, designing the infrastructure and launching the business...

Warwick one of the five universities to lead Alan Turing Institute

binary data The University of Warwick is one five universities announced by the Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, as leaders of the prestigious new Alan Turing Institute...

Warwick Ventures launches Software Incubator

Software Incubator Based in the Avon Building on the University’s Westwood Campus, the Incubator will offer students, graduates and members of staff access to incubator space, as well as to invaluable mentoring, and business advice as they guide their fledgling businesses...

Warwick named UK’s most enterprising university

Warwick The University of Warwick was named the UK’s most enterprising university in 2013 by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and venture capital firm Find Invest Grow (FIG) as part of the RBS Enterprising Student Society Accreditation (ESSA)...

Warwick Entrepreneurs bring The Apprentice to Campus

The Apprentice

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The Warwick Entrepreneurs society held The Warwick Apprentice 2015 competition on campus from 12-16 January, giving students the opportunity to win a £1000 prize...

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Student Start-Up Of The Year

Enterprise Nation has relaunched the Student Start-up of the Year competition, powered by Enterprise Trust.

Mon 15 January 2018, 12:49 | Tags: competition, start-up, enterprise

Innovation Workshop

Workshop 2: How To Start Up

Monday 20 November | 7-9pm | Oculus 1.06

During our second workshop, we will do a group exercise to generate ideas for startups. We'll also have an entrepreneur joining us online to talk about his startup experience and answer questions from the audience.

The workshop will delve deeper into the following:

- Identifying market opportunities
- Gathering insights
- Brainstorming ideas
- The startup lifecycle as expressed by our guest entrepreneur

The "How to Startup" workshop series by our Innovation Fellows includes many practical insights and stories about actual startups and real-life entrepreneurs. It also introduces students to the support and opportunities available at Warwick and is a great way of meeting like-minded individuals.

Please click here to book your place.

Fri 17 November 2017, 10:40

Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival

From 20th November to 1st December 2017 the region will come alive with a fortnight of exciting business events put on by local organisations from right across the region.

There are over 100 events taking place during the festival fortnight - book your tickets here.

Thu 09 November 2017, 10:15

An evening of entrepreneurship

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 17:30 - 21:00, Warwick Business School

This event considers the topic Resilience in Entrepreneurship - The fear of failure.

Keynote speakers from the industry and academic researchers will share their experiences and expertise with the audience, followed by a 'question time' forum. This is a great opportunity to network with student and graduate entrepreneurs, potential investors, and academics within the Warwick Enterprise Network.

Register here.

Thu 09 November 2017, 10:32

Innovation Workshop

Monday 13 November | 7-9pm | Oculus 1.06

A new series of workshops led by our Innovation Fellows will explore a variety of topics associated with innovation and entrepreneurship.

Workshops will take place every Monday, 7-9pm in Oculus 1.06. Booking essential.

Thu 09 November 2017, 10:10

Start Up Day

Saturday 14 October | time and venue TBC

A one-day event by Warwick Tech and Warwick Incubator on the current entrepreneurial & tech trends consisting of talks and workshops. This is a MUST for all cohort applicants to attend. Check here for updates.

Wed 04 October 2017, 12:10

Warwick Incubator Launch Event

Friday 6 October | 6-7.30pm | Oculus OC.02

Wed 04 October 2017, 12:08

Event: Welcome to Enterprise at Warwick 2017

At this welcome event on 3 October, five of Warwick’s enterprise and entrepreneurship societies will have the opportunity to showcase their activities and plans for the year ahead. The audience will be able to find out what each of the societies is doing, meet the reps and decide whether to join.

Come along to Oculus 0.03 on Tuesday 03 October for a 6.00pm start. Please contact with any queries.

Wed 20 September 2017, 16:28 | Tags: societies, enterprise

Proto-Night Coventry FabLab

On the 1st Thursday night of each month, come along to the FabLab and meet other people who have ideas and want to share them. This is our main social night for you to meet and discuss ideas and projects you want to pursue with the FabLab staff on hand to tell you what we are able to facilitate here and what our partners can also offer and we hope it will lead to everyone benefiting and create multiple interesting projects.

Tue 09 August 2016, 18:50

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

A cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other participating countries. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months. The stay is partly financed by the European Commission.

Mon 27 June 2016, 14:04

University Of Birmingham: SME Support

UoB offers a variety of support options for SMEs inc access to equipment, business accommodation, funding opportunities, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), student recruitment, and UoB Business Club. 

Thu 05 May 2016, 13:43

Moseley Exchange: Office Space

Small offices in Moseley, Birmingham, available for small business or social enterprise. With access to meeting rooms. Co-working space also available.


Thu 05 May 2016, 13:40

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