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The Crucible Project

Find out more about the support and financial funding available
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Crucible 2017  Find out more and make an expression of interest by emailing crucible@dmu.ac.uk
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Work alongside other start-up businesses in the Innovation Centre and join an entrepreneurial community.
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Mentors, sponsors, investors - get involved! Get involved by becoming a mentor, sponsor or investor and support the Crucible members.
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Take a look at some of the examples of our current members.
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The Crucible Project 

Providing graduates with the chance to turn an idea into a business with funding and support, The Crucible Project 2017 is now open!

Applications to be submitted by Noon on Thursday 16 November 2017 by email to crucible@dmu.ac.uk.

The Crucible Project helps a number of innovative DMU graduates each year turn an idea or product concept into a business relaity, ready to launch in less than ten months. 

Now in it's fourth year the Project has received acclaim in the national press and was feature in an article The Economist, which showed how DMU entrepreneurs are helping make Leicester a “contender to be England’s most business-minded city”.

Crucible helps DMU graduates explore and start their own business by providing a wide range of support, which includes:

    • Access to funding to support your business needs.
    • Free shared office space in The Innovation Centre
    • Personalised mentoring, training workshops and intellectual property advice
    • Opportunities to pitch for additional investment based on a royalty agreement
    • Access to university expertise and facilities
    • Group social sessions and peer guidance.

Find out more about The Crucible Project and how to apply here.

 

Applications are now open!

To make an expression of interest or an appointment to find out more, please email crucible@dmu.ac.uk

Applicants for 2017 should be a DMU graduate who have graduated since 2013.

They should have an innovative business idea (concept/service or product), that requires development, and holds the potential to be the basis of a company within the period of funding (November 2017 to August 2018). 

We welcome ideas from all faculties and disciplines and your idea does not have to relate specifically to your studies. Successful applicants will need to be based in Leicestershire for the duration of the project, which will run November 2017 - August 2018.

To discuss the project in more detail and register your interest, please email Simon Baines via crucible@dmu.ac.uk.

Quotes from our previous members:

"This is an amazing opportunity... you’ll be provided with mentoring, facilities and even support with living costs" - Victoria Ganusceac (Fashion E-commerce)

"With the help of experts from multiple backgrounds has provided the kickstart and structure that we would have struggled to do on our own" - Simon Winter (Product & Furniture Design)

"I have also used all the support and information I have been given to push my networking skills and build a lot of support around me for when the year ends" - Jordan Pickford-Gray (Arts and Craft)

"For any graduate with a dream of running their own business, it’s perfect" - Derry Holt (Video Games Industry)

 
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