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What we can do for you

Whether it’s still an idea or you’re about to trade, we offer a comprehensive service to support you at every stage. Our approach is student centred, flexible and responsive to your needs. To ensure you get the help you require, we work alongside colleagues at Northern Lights who deliver advanced business planning, start-up and workspace support.

Enterprising Mind Diagram

We have a range of interactive workshops which are ideal starting points in your entrepreneurial journey. We offer 1-2-1 mentoring and coaching to help support you as you progress. We also have Competitions and Events, an Entrepreneurship Award and we can help with Social and Community Enterprise.



Our interactive workshops are an ideal starting point if you’re interested in business, self-employment or social & community enterprise or if you want to develop employment, interpersonal and leadership skills to help you apply for a graduate job.



Our Kickstarter workshops help you explore:

  • attributes of successful entrepreneurs and how you can acquire them
  • viability of business ideas and how you can inject greater innovation and creativity into yours
  • research into understanding your market & customers
  • resources required to make your enterprise happen

All sessions are free and open to current students and graduates.

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When you’re ready to progress with your idea, you can book a one to one meeting with a member of the team to explore how you can access more support, resources and facilities.

The Kickstarter workshops are endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and if you attend all 4 workshops you will receive a certificate. Alternatively, you can gain a formal, accredited qualification from the ILM in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at Level 3 where you will need to attend additional events and complete 3 assignments.

ILM Handbook

Finally, if you are interested in freelancing, you can attend our workshop which covers the main issues relating to: marketing, finance and legal issues to set you on your way.

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One to One Mentoring and Coaching

One to One Mentoring and Coaching

Our mentoring and coaching service can support you on your enterprise journey, especially if you are working on your own and have no prior experience. We work at your pace and you can meet us as many times as you need. We can even find you a coaching buddy so you can help each other along the way as friends.

Anne Newman, our Enterprise Development Manager at UCLan, explains the difference between mentoring and coaching. Mentoring should be thought of as ‘passing on information and expert advice drawn from real world knowledge and experience’.  Coaching is ‘the use of expert skills focused on facilitating a person to draw and reflect upon personal knowledge and experience in order to arrive at their own goals and solutions’.  

Our one to one sessions are confidential and enable you to:

  • discuss specific queries and issues
  • set goals and plan next steps
  • boost your confidence & motivation
  • review progress
  • gain technical information and practical guidance

We can also signpost you to specialist advice in the following areas: Intellectual Property, Marketing, Accountancy, Legal issues and Social Enterprise/Charity and make connections with other staff and students. The Law School, for instance, offer a free legal advice clinic which you can book. We also work closely with Northern Lights and Careers.

Appointments are available on Tuesday & Thursday mornings in the Media Factory, ME409 or check us out at Careers Area in Foster Building on the first Thursday of the month.

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Action Learning Set

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Competitions and Events

Competitions and Events

Our competitions and events are a great chance for you to enhance your communication, team working, problem solving and project management skills in a fun way that will also recognise and reward your abilities. We run numerous competitions both across the University and between universities. In May 2015, we ran “UCLan Does the Apprentice” which had teams of students from a range of subjects competing to win prize money for the best business pitch.

Every year, we participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week which is “the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.” You can watch this GEW Video to find out more.


“Having participated in FLUX competition I had an amazing experience of using my problem solving skills to the maximum capability! I was mentally exhausted and I absolutely loved it! The feeling of pushing my boundaries to the limits made me understand to what I can achieve!​ Furthermore, I have understood the efficiency and importance of working in a team! I have understood that there is great deal of leaderships and communication skills I need to develop in the future! Really glad UCLan Enterprise Team organised the trip to the competition! So thank you very much! If I had a chance to do it again, I would definitely say: "YES!!! YES!!! AND YES!!!“ Stan, BA Hons Event Management.

We also have a range of Guest Speakers visiting the University to talk about entrepreneurial topics:


Student Entrepreneurship Award

Would you like to work for yourself but you need financial support to get your idea off the ground? The Student Entrepreneurship Award is given out once annually through a competitive process giving you the chance to win up to £1000. This funding could help you:

fund market research
build a prototype
demonstrate proof of concept
trial your product/service
protect your idea promote your product/service

Last year, awards were made for:

  • app development
  • sports coaching
  • creative maths education in schools
  • bespoke jewellery
  • freelance photography

For more information please read the following:

How the Student Entrepreneurship Award can help you guide
Application Form
Enterprise Award Guidance Document
Past Winners Information

Social & Community Enterprise

Enterprise is not just about business. It’s also about applying yourself in the community, on a course project or during a placement. By engaging with us, you can boost your chances of making an impact in these and other situations.

We have a strong track record of supporting student social and community enterprises (voluntary organisation; charity or community project) with advice, resources and funding. Click below to find out more.

Social Entrepreneurs are people “with the determination and commitment to use their energies to make the world a better place.” Changing the World: A Young Person’s Guide to Social Entrepreneurship by UnLtd.

We work with students who have a course project which involves:

  • designing a product/service for a target customer
  • creating a marketing or business plan for a company/organisation
  • writing a report on service improvements within an organisation following a placement

It’s about coming up with fresh ideas for new services, products or activities and how things can be done better.

For more information:

Social and Community Enterprise Guide
Project based work Guide (Coming Soon)
Placement Guide (Coming Soon)