Student and Graduate Support

One to one advice

Enterprise Clinic

Come to Purple Door to our Enterprise Clinics for an informal, confidential one-to-one chat no matter what stage your idea is at and what ever you start up question.  

The Enterprise Clinics take place on:

  • Wednesday 2pm – 4pm
  • Friday 9.30am – 11.30am

Bring along anything that can help explain the idea including: product ideas, prototypes, sketches or simply your notes. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these we’ll be happy to see you.

If you are a distance learner please email or call us on 023 9284 2684.

If you have a quick question about start-up and would like to access the Enterprise expertise email us


Route to Startup (an all year round - including the summer)

Develop Station

Route to Startup is our flagship programme of workshops for students and graduates. 

It is designed for students of all levels - undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research.

Route to Startup is a series of interactive workshops that run at a pace that suits you. To attend the Route to Start Up programme attend an Enterprise Clinic. 

Specialist workshops 
Throughout the year we run a number of specialist events tailored to specific needs which cover a range of different topics. Follow us on social media for regular updates. The following programmes are currently available.

Social Startup Programme 
We run a tailored programmr of workshops that runs over a 5 week period. The workshops will provide you with practical tools and specific Social Startup resources designed to help you develop your idea. Support is on hand throughout and after the programme. This programme is open to University of Portsmouth students and graduates (graduated within the last 5 years). The 5 week course will run again in February 2018. We run an idea generation session for people who don't yet have an idea but are interested in social enterprise, this is followed by the 5 week programme.
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The myth of starting up in business is that you need to secure large sums of money to make your idea happen.  The reality is that potential investors or funders will shy away from any start-up that hasn’t proved it can secure customers or income.

There are a number of sources for funding that can help you explore your business idea further – both within and outside the University.

We currently provide:

Startup Funding
The University in partnership with Santander Universities offers University of Portsmouth students and graduates (graduated within the last 5 years) an opportunity to apply for up to £2000 to explore and develop your startup ideas. This funding is currently closed. Find out more.

CCI Professional Practice Fund
CCI believes in supporting students' professional practice and has developed a fund to support these activities. If you are a CCI student who is organising an exhibition, fashion show, theatre production, installation, musical event or similar you might consider applying to the fund for financial support. Find out more.

Information on Funding
We keep an up to date spreadsheet of funding grants and competitions which can be found here.

Funding Application Advice
If you’re looking to apply for various funding opportunities and you would like to discuss your applications please book an appointment by phone 02392 842684 or

Funding Advice
For a more comprehensive overview of funding sources available – both locally and nationally – come in and talk to us in the Enterprise Clinic. 

Office Space

The University of Portsmouth is showing its dedication to supporting both student and graduate start-up by offering start-up space in the heart of Portsmouth City Centre. Our nest incubation space is a great way for student and graduates to develop their business ideas alongside each other with the on hand support of the expert enterprise team.

nest incubation space at the Innovation Space
This is the University of Portsmouth's start-up space located on the edge of campus and close to Elm Grove. It's a modern space that was refurbished in 2013 and created specially for incubation space.

The Student Enterprise Team run floor 2 of the Innovation Space which is specifically for current University of Portsmouth students and graduates. Current University of Portsmouth students can apply to use the space for free and University of Portsmouth Graduates are offered a 50% discount. Find out more by emailing or come along to an Enterprise Clinic.


Graduate summer offer
Graduate (within the last 5 years) can register to use the facilities on a discounted (paying rate). This summer, we have a special offer – providing free space until 1st October. Read about the special offer here.