Programmes and events

Enterprise Placement Year 2024/2025

The Enterprise Placement Year is a 12-month placement opportunity to start or develop your business with some financial support and mentoring from DMU. You don't need any prior business knowledge; you just need an idea.

You’ll spend 12 months with us, developing the idea and learning new business and entrepreneurial skills. It's as much about personal development as it is about learning how to run your own business, and we encourage any student with ambition to take their business idea forward and apply.

To apply simply complete the application form. Applications close on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

For further information and to find out if your course is eligible visit www.dmu.ac.uk/enterprise placement year or email enterprise@dmu.ac.uk.

Connect at Chutney Ivy

In partnership with Sir Thomas White Loans Charity we are delighted to be hosting our next Connect event.

After a successful event last year at the award wining fine dining restaurant, Chutney Ivy on Tuesday 19 March 2024, at Chutney Ivy from 5.30pm - 7.30pm.  Tickets are £5, covering a welcome drink and light bites.

Network with students, local businesses, and entrepreneurs to expand your connections in Leicester. Be inspired by speakers Hannah Myatt (Doe Demure) and Steff Lee, both ambassadors of the Sir Thomas White Loans Charity. Hannah is a performer and dance instructor, while Steff is co-owner of Kino Bino, an independent animation studio in Leicester.

Places are limited, so don't delay and secure your place hereA great opportunity to make new connections and learn from entrepreneurs who are sucessfully freelancing, self-employed and 'being their own boss'.

Register your interest for DMU Made 2024: The Creative Industries programme

Now in its third year, DMUmade is coming back this spring with a fresh series of workshops, each focusing on various areas of the creative industries. From freelancing in theatre to exploring music and podcasting, there's something for everyone. Plus, get ready for some exciting guest hosts!

Keep an eye out because workshop sign-ups will open soon, and places will be limited. For the best chance of securing attendance, be sure to fill out the sign-up form. You'll be among the first to know when registration opens.

Mark your calendars for Thursday 18 April 2024, because that's when the program kicks off!

Apply for a DMU Made Startup Grant! 

Applications for 2024 DMU Made Grants have opened!

If you are sitting on an idea for a business, we can help you turn it into a reality with £150 start-up costs and free support.  You’ll need to be ready to create your own website – but don’t worry, we can help you get to grips with that with our free Build Your Own website workshops.

Here's what you can spend your £150 on: 

Website costs: You’ll be given money to purchase a membership to a web builder platform such as Squarespace or WIX with a domain name, enabling you to launch and run your own website.  The great news is that Squarespace offer 50% discounts to students! 

Social media promotion: If you have already launched a new website since July 2023, you may still be eligible for a grant which you can instead spend on online promotion.  This will need to be evidenced.

Registering your business: The funding will enable you to register yourself as a Sole Trader via HMRC.

If you have a business idea you’d like to launch online, please apply for a DMU Made Grant via the form here.

If you are successful in receiving a grant, you must be able to evidence that you have spent it and launched your website within 30 days and no later than 20 July, 2024. More details can be found in the terms and conditions below.

 Terms & Conditions

  1. On receiving funding you must launch your website within 30 days and this cannot be later than 20 July, 2024. 
  2. If you are applying for the money for social media promotion, you must actively spend the money before 20 July, 2024.
  3. You will be asked to prove that you have launched your business idea online. This will entail you emailing evidence including a link to your  live website. 
  4. You will be asked to come and meet DMU’s student and graduate enterprise team in an informal 121 meeting so we can determine how best to support you going forward.
  5. Free online guidance on how to create and launch a Squarespace website is available here. You can also attend one of our free workshops.
  6. The amount of money you receive is a set figure, pre-determined by De Montfort University.
  7. You do not have to use Squarespace to create your website, this is only a recommendation.
  8. DMU reserve the right to decline your application for a DMUmade Startup Grant. There is no appeal process and our decision is final.
  9. You must be a current De Montfort University student or have graduated from DMU in the last 12 months to be eligible for a grant.
  10. You must be a home student or on the Graduate visa to be eligible.

Pitch2Win Monthly Competition

Following the success of our long-running annual Pitch2Win competition we are excited to announce we are now able to offer the opportunity monthly. Any student or recent graduate can apply to pitch their idea for the chance to win a monthly prize of £250. To enter simply complete the entry form.

DMUmade PopUps 

We've teamed up with DSU to host a new, weekly PopUp Shop located in the SUsupplies Shop on the Ground Floor of the Campus Centre. Students who make their own products can apply for a free stall by emailing Andrew Reynolds. PopUp Shops are open on Mondays between 10am and 4pm.

Email opportunities@dsu.ac.uk to express an interest in having a stall.