Keele University offering business grants to students

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Keele University’s newly-founded Enterprise Centre has announced it will be giving up to £1,000 to students with ideas or projects that have an enterprise element.  These could be start-up businesses, self-employment, social enterprises, community projects or environmental initiatives.

Funded by Santander, the grants will equip students with the necessary capital they need to kick-start their idea.  The University’s Enterprise Centre will also provide expert guidance, support and even a free bootcamp to turn ideas into action and give students the best chance of success.

The Enterprise Centre is now running weekly events which include essential enterprise skills workshops, themed speaker events around different sectors, coaching and peer support sessions, which are designed to support and enable budding student entrepreneurs to learn directly from business people and social entrepreneurs, as well as supporting each other.

Will Pritchard, Head of the Keele University Enterprise Centre, said: “One of the biggest challenges when starting your own business can be the question of funding.  This is where we can help.  As well as providing students with the opportunity to apply for a grant, the Enterprise Centre can also offer further support, guidance and skills.

“Whether you have a business idea, a social or environmental mission, or simply want to improve your entrepreneurial skills, Keele University provides an expertly facilitated programme of activities to help you turn your ideas into reality.”

Earlier this year, Elliott Lancaster – a current student – founded the Student Entrepreneurship & Innovation Society at Keele University.  He is also in the process of launching his own start-up business called Utter Rubbish, an app which finds your local recycling providers, and updates you on collection times.  He said: “Setting up a new business is an exciting time, but many can be put off by the financial implications. This shouldn’t stop you. Thanks to Santander and the Keele University Enterprise Centre, it’s never been easier to become your own boss.”

Students can apply by completing the short application here now.  Find out more about the Enterprise Centre at www.keele.ac.uk/enterprise