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Work for Yourself

Work for Yourself

Work independently or start your own business with help from START UP

Ngozi Ossai founder of start-up GOZI Haircare

Help at any stage

Do you want to start or grow a business, freelance career or social enterprise?

If you want to explore ideas, establish an innovative new service or use your skills and specialisms to create your own opportunities, we can help you at every stage of your journey from pre-idea to launch and beyond.

START UP support is open to current students and alumni within 3 years of graduation. Read our guide to ‌The START UP Offer 2022-2023 (PDF:2MB).

Or download The START UP Offer 2022-2023 accessible guide (Word document:32KB).

You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive updates and opportunities.

For founders, freelancers and pioneers

We support all areas of the self-employed, working with hundreds of students and graduates as individuals or teams. There are currently over 200 START UP-supported businesses trading with a combined annual turnover of over £155 million. Between them, they've raised over £19 million in external investment, won national and global awards and created over 1,140 full-time equivalent jobs (HE-BCI Survey results 2021-22). 

Learn about some of our #StartedatNCL businesses.