About the Crucible Project

Applications are currently closed.


The Crucible Project is a business start-up initiative offering funding and personalised support for innovative DMU graduates.

Working in DMU’s Innovation Centre, successful Crucible members will be able to develop their ideas with a package of support which includes:

  • Free shared office space at The Innovation Centre
  • Mentoring, training workshops and intellectual property advice
  • Access to university expertise and facilities
  • Group social sessions and peer guidance


The Crucible Project is interested to hear from graduates who have innovative ideas they want to make into something bigger.  Applicants don't need to have any business knowledge, just a great idea that they want to take forward as a business.

For more information or to arrange an informal chat about the project, please email crucible@dmu.ac.uk.


Find out what is needed to apply.

Application criteria

In order to apply in 2017, our members had to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a De Montfort University graduate since 2013
  • Have an innovative, creative and/or unique idea that you want to commit to developing full-time for 10 months
  • Based in Leicestershire for the duration of the project (November 2017- August 2018) and be able to get to De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre every week to turn your idea into a business.


The current project runs from November 2017 to August 2018. Crucible Project members will have the opportunity to continue using the facilities and support at the Innovation Centre, after their period of Crucible Project funding has ended.

Workshops and training

Approximately every month, members partake in training that helps them explore their idea and understand how to set up a business. This is delivered by specially selected business experts from across the country and the university. 

Workshops and training cover the business basics such as marketing, finance and business planning.

Mentors and individual support

Each Crucible member has the opportunity to work with industry-specific mentors who will share hints, tips and provide business development expertise and guidance.  

Shared office space

Working in a shared office, Crucible members are part of a community of start-up businesses. Members have free access to office facilities such as meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, staffed reception, social meeting space and more at The Innovation Centre.

This gives members the opportunity to meet people they simply wouldn't by working from home.

University expertise and facilities

Being supported by a university, members can access specialist facilities and support from academic experts where agreed.

For example, one member has received access to the product development facilities to create a number of prototypes.


Key Information


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Please contact us with any questions.  



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