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Decided to do it

Decided to do it


START UP coaching is free, confidential and bespoke, based around your individual aspirations. Whether you are at the early stages of developing your idea or want to explore how to take your business further, we can help at every stage.

Our confidential coaching sessions are initially delivered one-to-one by our enterprise advisers and are tailored around the specific needs of you and your business. 

We'll help provide direction in taking your ideas forward by offering a clear insight into the steps that you can take to achieve your goals. Our business advisers will also be there to offer support and guidance on your journey to starting up your business and beyond. 

Specialist advice and valuable contacts

Our advisers have connections to a wide range of business professionals and provide introductions to our network of industry experts, influencers and investors, regionally and nationally. They can provide you with specialist advice and access to great opportunities.

Whatever your needs, your adviser can support you and make introductions when needed.

Book a session

We are now offering 121 sessions online, due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (please see our FAQs for the latest updates about COVID-19).

For more information or to book an online session, email us via MyCareer by clicking on the Resources tab to submit a question and selecting START UP as your question type.

If you've already attended a coaching session, and would like to arrange a follow up, email Claire Adamson


START UP 101 is a one-hour introduction to Lean Start-up Methodology. A scientific approach to creating a start-up through experimentation and learning.

Why should I do it?

Lead by Steve Bowden, creative entrepreneur and START UP Adviser, this webinar will help you understand what an early-stage business needs to thrive, with insights into:

  • developing an MVP (minimum viable product) business model 
  • identifying failure as experience, learning from mistakes and moving on
  • testing your assumptions with data-led, market research strategies
  • finding and obtaining customers
  • establishing brand reputation

Who is it for?

All Newcastle University students and graduates of up to 3 years.

How do I find out more?

Visit Careers Events for details of the next START UP 101 workshop. 

For more information email us via MyCareer - click on the Resources tab to submit a question and select START UP as your question type.

START UP Connect

START UP Connect is a regular social and speaker series open to all those interested in entrepreneurship and start-ups.

Why should I do it?

To connect with our growing community of students, graduates and business owners. Hear inspiring stories, meet like-minded people and have relaxed conversations over a drink and a bite to eat.

Who is it for?

Everyone in the North East start-up community!

How do I find out more?

Visit Careers Events for details of the next event. 


START UP Founderships is a 6 month initiative to help get you and your business ready for market entry, first investment and/or successful application to leading business accelerators within the region and beyond.

UPDATE 17 March 2020:

Due to the ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), this programme has been postponed. New dates and details will be confirmed and announced in due course. Please see the University’s FAQs for our latest updates about Coronavirus and speak to your START UP Adviser or email if you have any other queries. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to rescheduling.

Why should I do it?

Adapted to your needs, the programme offers exclusive benefits, including up to £7,500 to support your living costs, access to a shared grant fund of up to £50,000 for business development, coaching and mentorship by industry experts who’ve lived the START UP experience and much more.

Who is it for?

Individual or teams of graduates (new and up to 3 years - from August 2017) who are ready to start working on their business full-time, have attended START UP Bootcamp 2020 and can evidence they have got what it takes to establish and grow an innovative, impactful business idea.

How do I find out more?