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Kick Starter Accelerator - Summer School
Are you a student with an innovative idea for a business, enterprise or not-for-profit? Then, the Queen's University Kick Start Accelerator could be for you. The Kick Start Accelerator Programme is a course designed to support all students to grow business ideas and test the viability of turning them into an enterprise.

Applications are now closed.


INVENT 2018
INVENT challenges inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and startups with proof-of-concepts and prototypes in science & technology to discover their idea's commercial potential. Compete to win a share of a £33k prize fund, access to a global network and a place on a NI Tech Mission to California.

Applications have now closed.


Pitch@Palace
Get the chance to pitch your business idea at St. James's Palace.

Pitch@Palace offers the chance to get your Tech business idea in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level. Focusing on Human Tech it and will explore the potential impact of technology in our everyday lives.


Mass Challenge UK

This program connects high-impact, early stage startups with mentors, partners and investors.

Plus it provides the most high-impact support during a 4-month accelerator programme in London.


Enterprise Workshops
We run a range of workshops throughout the year to help you develop your enterprise skills whether you are only starting to think about a business idea or you are already up and running. We have something for everyone so check out what's on offer now.

 


Internship Opportunities - Enterprise SU

Would you like to gain valuable experience and develop your skills and knowledge in marketing, communication and project coordination?

Ever thought about working with us in Student Development?


STEM Awards
Make a difference in the world. The Telegraph UK STEM Awards is a unique opportunity for the UK’s most talented and motivated undergraduates to present their world-changing ideas to industry movers and shakers – and potentially win £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme.

Applications are now closed.


Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition
The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition offers early stage technology entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their business idea.

Plus they get to pitch for a place on one of NDRC's investment programmes and win cash prizes of up to €16,000 and other support.

                                     Applications are now closed.


Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards
The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards is an annual business pitching competition for student and graduate entrepreneurs. There's over £90,000 worth of equity free seed funding available, mentoring & support from business experts and exclusive access to an acceleration week. 

Applications are now closed.


Student Summit - Pitch Competition
Attention all Student Start Ups! Fancy winning €3,000?

The Student Summit are hoting a regional student pitch competition and are looking for the next great start up!

Could it be you?


Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Support
The Santander Universities Global Division is committed to supporting entrepreneurs through various awards and initiatives including internships, competitions and collaborative tools.

Help yourself to their online tools and support!


Farset Labs
Farset Labs is a hackerspace that provides a hub of creativity, technological experimentation and entrepreneurship for local professionals, students and interested hobbyists in the heart of Belfast. We facilitate technology initiatives and encourage hands-on learning by maintaining an open workshop and creative space that is available to all.


Catalyst Inc
Catalyst Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that invests the surplus generated from our agile workspace and facilities, providing the underwriting necessary for the community-led development of our entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. Key to their model is the co-location of major technology corporations, world-class research and startups.


Resources

Hey there, future Oprahs, Mr Zuckerbergs and Ms Rowlings!

Our business one-to-ones can help you, whether you are just beginning to think about ideas for a shiny, sparkly new business or you have already started up and are trading and making money, take advantage of the expert advice we can give you.

We can help you:

Brainstorm ideas
Whether or not you already have a business idea, we can help. We will work with you to help you to develop an idea or talk through your own, if you already have one in mind.

Learn new skills
We can look at the business skills you have and point you in the direction of different programmes which will teach you new ones, making sure you have all the know-how, experience, and contacts you need down the line.

Source support
We can pinpoint other organisations that can help you with your specific needs. Maybe you want some help researching your preferred industry, competitors or target audience. If you are further along you might want to find out how you can get a prototype of your product created - we’ll tell you where to go. We can also fill you in on all the grants and funding you are eligible for and even help you to make sense of those pesky applications.

Write a knock-out business plan
A business plan sounds a bit scary, but when it comes down to it it’s basically just telling the story of your business. It helps you to organise your thoughts and shows any problems that could pop up. Remember, you'll need it if you want to get finance from a bank or investor. It’s best to tackle it at the very start. Even if your business is already up and running it can help you make it even better! We can make it easy for you – we can give you all the guidance you need to write your business plan to make sure that you cover all the right areas.

Get free office space to hatch that idea
The Hatch is a dedicated space in the Union that you could be lucky enough to use as your own office space for a year… absolutely free of charge. By using the Hatch you will have regular access to:

  • Help, advice, and support on tap from our expert Advisers
  • Office space along with the use of a computer, a meeting area, and kitchen facilities

What’s more is you will be sharing the space with up to five other new start up student businesses, which is great for making contacts, getting advice, and for bouncing ideas off of others who are in the same position as you!

If you have any questions or would like to meet our Enterprise & Development experts, just get in touch - click the button below. We're happy to help!


Resources

Here are some links and documents and to help you on your way to starting your own business.

Useful Websites 

  • nibusinessinfo - Explore the range of free guides, resources and links to news and events happening around Northern Ireland. Sign up to their newsletter to receive all the latest advice and support straight to your inbox. You can access their latest information leaflet here
  • Invest NI is here to help you start, support and even invest in your business. Their website has a wealth of information, links to a wide range of different events and competitions happening across Northern Ireland, and they’ve even got a Business Information Centre in their Belfast Office where you can access specific industry-related reports for your business. You can make an appointment by calling 0800 181 4422
  • Entrepreneur Handbook is packed with articles on topics ranging from marketing to finance all perfect for the entrepreneur starting their business or the experienced businessperson who already has a business up and running. Definitely worth a read!

Marketing Resources

  • Create designs for Web or print with Canva
  • Fiverr is the world's largest marketplace for digital services. Get logo design, marketing services, whiteboards and more, starting from only $5.

Networks to Join

Further Sources of Support

Helpful Documents

Click here to download some additional sources of support

If you're still searching for a business idea, try these TED talks included in the playlist Where do Ideas Come From?

Don’t forget to visit the current opportunities section of our website to find out what’s happening and when.

Need more info? We have access to a wide range of very specific business case studies and if you aren’t able to find what you needed here get in touch with us here enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk and we’ll see what we can do!

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Enterprise SU are working alongside key organisations across Belfast to deliver a schedule of free events to encourage new entrepreneurs and inspire existing businesses to grow.

G.E.W runs from 12 - 18 Nov!


Free student membership of the Institute of Directors 

Careers, Employability and Skills at Queen's University is pleased to announce that is now offering up to 100 Free student memberships of the Institute of Directors (IoD). 

Apply by 1 Dec!


Spark! Contest

This year we are inviting entrants to propose ideas on the theme of: “What would you launch?"The next start-up to disrupt the Franco-British low-carbon energy economy. 

Apply by 2 Dec!


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Generate

Have you ever wondered where a business idea comes from? Does the idea of starting your own business appeal to you? Then why not come along to GENERATE.

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Spark

Do you have a business idea but don’t know where to go with it? Why not come along to SPARK and learn about the wider support network available to help you achieve your dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.

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Network with the Stars

Come and take part in this fantastic opportunity to ‘network with the stars’. Hear from others who have been there, done that and meet likeminded students who are interested in getting involved in the ‘startup scene’.

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Engineers in Business Grand Final

Engineers in Business are hosting their first ever Champion of Champions Grand Final! Don't miss out on an opportunity to win a share of a £10K prize pot and compete against other Universities in London. 

Apply now!


Tata Varsity Pitch Competition

The hunt is on for the best student and graduate business ideas! Apply before 26th July and you could be in for a chance of winning £15K at a grand final in London!

Apply now!


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Do you have what it takes to be named Young Entrepreneur of the Year? 

Apply now!