About the Crucible Project

Applications are now open! 

 The Crucible Project is a business start-up initiative offering  personalised support to entrepreneurial individuals in order to help them launch their business.

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 peer to peer sessions
  • Access to university expertise and facilities (where available)
  • Group social sessions and peer guidance
  • Potential financial support.


The Crucible Project is interested to hear from entrepreneurial individuals who have aspirations to launch their own business.  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 2018, our members must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a De Montfort University graduate since 2013, be in their final year of study, or be a post-graduate at DMU
  • 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 (September 2018- August 2019) and be able to get to De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre at least three days every week to turn your idea into a business.
  • Have an entrepreneurial passion for their business and be willing to dedicate time and resource to it in order to have the best chances of success.


Applications will close 5pm on Wednesday 22 August 2018.  Shortlisting will take place in August 2018.  There are a number of stages in the application process;

1) Submitted application forms will be reviewed by a panel and judged on the chances of the idea becoming a real business within the time frame of  the project.

2) Succesful applicants will be invited to attend a Bootcamp day at The Innovation Centre, at which they will be reviewed and judged no their entrepreneurial behaviours and skills.

3) Individuals who pass the boot camp will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel.

4) A number of applicants will then be invited to join the programme, which will commence September 2018.

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


Application Details 


Please contact us with any questions.  



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