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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 or independent career?

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.

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)

START UP support is open to current students and alumni within 3 years of graduation.

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 203 START UP-supported businesses trading with a combined annual turnover of close to £88 million. Between them, they've raised over £44 million in external investment, won national and global awards and created 947 full-time equivalent jobs. Learn about some of our #StartedatNCL businesses.