Supporting entrepreneurs

Birmingham is a university of original thinkers. We nurture and stimulate inquisitive minds to produce graduates with innovative ideas, perspectives and approaches. Do you have the creativity, drive and enterprise to become an entrepreneur or leader of the future?

Employees are now seeking a different kind of candidate. They want students and graduates with not only qualifications which suggest a high level of ability to do the job, but also experience which demonstrates the skills, ability and tendencies to think and act differently and creatively to a problem or project; they want enterprising people.

We expect our students and graduates to develop the tools of entrepreneurship and leadership, such as identifying and seeking opportunities for change and growth, communicating clear vision, evaluating risks and rewards, mobilising people and resources, and following through with drive and determination.

Careers Network, B-Enterprising Team

The B-Enterprising team provides specialist advice, support and guidance to give you the confidence to develop your own ideas, whether you want to set up your own successful business or social enterprise, or help to lead others.

The team offers a range of programmes and services designed to support you - from assisting business start-ups to running competitions - and you’ll have access to training, mentoring and start-up grants to help you shape your plans. Some of the current schemes that our students have access to include:

B Start-Up Programme

The B Start-Up programme is a six month guided programme based on the Lean Start-Up approach, designed to help students and recent graduates take an idea forward and set up a business. This programme includes business coaching, peer networking and the opportunity to pitch for funds.

B-Enterprising Boot Camp

Intensive, exciting and challenging three day Boot Camp giving students the opportunity to solve problems set by the University of Birmingham and Virgin Money. Work in teams with like-minded enterprising students from different disciplines for a chance to win the £1,000 prize fund. 

Enterprise Skills

A series of seminars and workshops that provide an overview of what you need to know to start up your own business. Topics range from the attitudes and essential qualities of an entrepreneur, to the specifics that will ensure you stay out of trouble. Learn how to write a business plan and try out your skills on a computer simulation game.