SIE gives students the opportunity to develop enterprise skills and the chance to start their own businesses. We do this through business competitions, one-to-one support, workshops and enterprise activities to suit all levels, which you can read about in the next section.
Some of the best business ideas start with a ‘hunch’ – just a thought about something you think could be done better or a product or service that you and others want but can’t find in the market right now. At SIE, we encourage students and new graduates to start testing out these ideas and engaging with potential customers as early as possible. You don’t need a polished business plan before speaking to an SIE Business Advisor – we can deal with that later. We know that students are unlikely to have big investors ready to support their idea but that shouldn’t be a barrier to you developing your hunch into a strong business case. We have a whole host of tools and techniques which we use to help you develop your idea in a meaningful way. This is a process which may lead to tweaks and changes to your idea along the way and we have plenty of students who would pay testimony to this way of working. By testing and refining your idea, you will be in a much stronger position to have a successful and sustainable business in the future. But don’t just take our word for it – check out our case studies for some of the students who we’ve helped set up their own businesses and have agreed to share their story.
Finally, our extensive resources section has lots of supporting information, as well as links to other agencies, potential investors and sources of funding available to you.