student enterprise week

Do you have a budding business or an innovative idea for one you want to start? Are you curious about working for yourself?

Student Enterprise Week is a chance to develop your business mindset and skills to grow your business or find out whether working for yourself is a path you would like to follow. 

From workshops that will improve your entrepreneurial skills to a Dragon’s Den inspired event, there’s a whole week’s worth of activities that have been designed to help you become a better business person, plus up to £4000 worth of funding to be won towards your business idea! 

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Monday 11th February

Idea Generation Workshop 

The Loft, City SU - 1pm-1:45pm 

Do you want help to come up with a business idea that could bring you success? Or do you have ideas that you want to test or develop? If so then this workshop will interest you – it will look at how and where business ideas come from and help you to create new ideas and spot new opportunities. 

Sustainability Workshop 

The Loft, City SU - 2pm-2:45pm 

Our global future depends on sustainable business.  This workshop looks at sustainability in business and reducing impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy.  A sustainable business model can improve your brand image, competitive advantage, attract employees and investors and ultimately benefit your bottom line.  Join us to find out more and get feedback from the University’s sustainability team. 


Tuesday 12th February

Digital Marketing & Social Media Skills Workshop 

The Loft, City SU- 10am-10:45am 

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, iPhones, Kindles, laptops – we are in the digital age. How can you use social media to help you on your journey of working for yourself or creating a business? This interactive workshop is an opportunity to explore digital platforms and how they can help your business.  

Presentation Skills Workshop 

The Loft, City SU - 11am-12:45pm 

Gain practical presentation skills and learn how to pitch a business idea.  Learn what your business pitch should and shouldn’t include. In this digital age people are losing touch of soft skills such as good communication, self-confidence and effective presenting. This useful workshop will give you an opportunity to practice pitching your ideas in front of others and gaining feedback.  This is a particularly good session for people submitting a Dragon’s Den application to attend!  All are welcome. 


Wednesday 13th February

Informal Networking Lunch 

The Loft, City SU - 1pm-2pm 

The chance to speak informally to other students interested in working for themselves as well as business owners, entrepreneurs and business start-up experts. An excellent opportunity to be surrounded by likeminded individuals and build your professional network.  Food and drinks will be provided. 

Introduction to "The Night Time Economy Sessions"

The Loft, City SU, 2pm-2:30pm

Are you interested in running your own events or a setting up a business within the night time economy?  Whether it's a gig, a poetry reading or a new innovative event that you aspire to orgnise, join this introductory session to hear from event organisers, discuss ideas and to find out more about the support, training and mentoring available including the opportunity to win a cash prize to fund your event idea.  These sessions are brought to you by Social Circuit in collaboration with NTSU, the Hive and the Santander Spark programme. 


Thursday 14th February 

Dragons’ Den 

Training room, City SU - Time slots between 10am-4pm to be arranged with applicants

Trent’s version of the business pitching competition with a £4,000 prize pot up for grabs as well as expert business advice.  Everything you need to breathe fire into your new business.  The Dragons’ Den winners will be shortlisted for the University Alliance competition where they’ll have chance to pitch for even more money.

Dragon's Den applications are now closed.

Love Enterprise 

The Loft, City SU - 12pm, speakers at 1pm 

Spark - Love Enterprise – powered by Santander Universities and The Hive  

Got a spark for a business idea or need help to find one? We can help you fall in love with enterprise. Drop in anytime between 12-2.30pm (speakers at 1pm).  

·         Visit stands and meet some inspiring start-ups  

·         Listen to some of their stories  

·         Talk to The Hive’s team about your ideas  

·         Prize draw for Amazon vouchers  

·         Register and get a voucher for a freebie from Doughnotts   

All students and all ideas welcome. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. 


Friday 15th February 

Enterprise Week, The Finale 

The Loft, City SU - 12pm-2pm

The final event of Enterprise Week is not to be missed... 

Hugely successful entrepreneur Ben Dyer will be sharing some top tips on how to be noticed and stand out in business. Since beginning his start-up company "The Inspirational Learning Group" in 2013 with his cousin, he has already attracted some amazing ambassadors, including Lord Sugar and Theo Paphitis. 

Plus an honest account from recent NTU graduate Miles Waghorn who runs two businesses from The Hive at NTU.  Find out the highs and lows of his journey, what have you got to look forward to and how can you avoid the pitfalls. 

Plus results of the Dragons’ Den competition. Find out the winners of the £4,000 prize pot!