De Montfort University (DMU) has been named as one of Britain’s top 20 universities for the most successful graduate start-ups.
DMU’s graduate entrepreneurs have contributed £16.5million to the UK economy in four years, according to the latest available figures.
This has boosted the Leicestershire economy to boot as many have stayed in the area to form their fledging businesses.
DMU places huge emphasis on employability and works hard to inspire and support students who want to start their own businesses.
Its Enterprise Inc project offers a £5,500 package of bursaries, support and mentors to entrepreneurial students, plus free access to meeting rooms and hot-desking space at the university’s Innovation Centre.
This week we will be celebrating our graduates’ achievements by featuring some of their start-up stories, starting with Seed Creativity.
DMU’s achievement was recorded in the influential Witty Report – an independent review of how universities could support economic growth, commissioned by the Government and compiled by Sir Andrew Witty.
Sir Andrew said: “Universities have an extraordinary potential to enhance economic growth.”
It comes as DMU was named as one of the top 40 universities in the country for student satisfaction in the Times Higher Education magazine and leapt 10 places up the table in the overall university league Complete University Guide.
The graduate start-up figures were taken from the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HE-BCI) and measured the current turnover of all active firms between 2008 and 2012.
Posted on Tuesday 3rd June 2014