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Starting a business

Enterprise Team

Make your idea happen whilst you're studying at De Montfort University.


Book a pitch for your chance to win £250 towards your idea and a pass to the Pitch2Win Awards.

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Use the co-working space at The Innovation Centre to explore ideas and hold informal meetings.


Take a look at some of the businesses we've helped start-up!


Starting a business

If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.

From lingerie design to festival taxis, hard work and dedication means hundreds of innovative ideas from DMU students and graduates have flourished into successful businesses with the help of the Enterprise Team.

Enterprising events help to increase your business start-up knowledge and provide valuable inspiration to develop your idea, whatever type of business you are looking to start. 

Getting involved with the Enterprise Team isn’t just about starting a business. It is also about developing enterprising skills that could help you stand out from the crowd when you are starting out in the world of work. Pitch2Win and Start-up Sessions will now count towards your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) demonstrating to future employers you have developed enterprising skills. Find out how you can be more enterprising while at DMU.

DMU graduate Charlie Evans set up her own business with the support of DMU. Her story was recently featured in top magazine, The Economist, which revealed how DMU graduates are helping Leicester match London for new business success.   


Featured Business - Grey House England



Award winning designer Charlie Evans studied Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montfort University. Shortly after graduating in 2014, Charlie successfully secured a place on Enterprise Inc, a 6 month project which aimed to help DMU graduates start their own business. 

With the help and support of the project, Charlie launched Grey House England, a pioneer in eco-friendly fashion with all of their products being handmade from corrugated cardboard, including the world's first woven cardboard bag.

After completing Enterprise Inc, De Montfort University continuted to support Grey House England through the Crucible Project and winning DMU funding to help bring the innovative products to market.


For more information about Grey House England, please visit their website or Facebook page.

How we can help

If you have a business idea or just want to find out more about starting up, then the Enterprise Team are here to help by providing support and access to a range of workshops, advice sessions and start-up funding to help get your idea off the ground!


Get in touch, keep in touch!

For all of the latest information about forthcoming events and activities please sign up to our mailing list on MyGateway.  You'll recieve monthly newsletters and the occasional email about our upcoming events.

To find out more about the support the Enterprise Team can offer, please email or call 0116 207 8914

You can also keep up-to-date with with the Enterprise Team through social media.              




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