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Starting a business

Enterprise Team

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

Read about the finalists and find out who won further cash towards their idea at the awards ceremony.


Final year students can apply now for our start-up boot camp + £250 cash!

Co-working Cafe

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 - BeScience



Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science student Jessica Okoro is the founder of  BeScience, a pioneering movement which creatively explores STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects with programs including Creative KidsLAB, LibraryLab and STEM Juniors

Also a STEM Ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEMNET), Jessica set-up BeScience in 2013 to give people in the community a more fun and engaging look into STEM subjects, through innovative workshops delivered by volunteers. 

Jessica was recently named this year's Pitch2Win Champion. winning a £1,000 cash prize and business support package. The money will help Jessica further develop the BeScience brand and move it into different cities across the country.

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For more information about BeScience, please visit the website.

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!

See how we helped graduates Derry Holt and James Heath start-up Stormburst Studios, a video games company specialising in gamified technologies.


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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