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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 A flying start


Through our START UP panels you can pitch your idea to our experts, gain feedback and access START UP grants.

Our experts can offer you feedback, advice and connect you with valuable contacts. You can even pitch for funding up to £3K to explore your business ideas.

Our START UP grants are just that. Funding to contribute towards the cost of starting your business, without small print, hidden clauses or repayment plans.

Why should I do it?

To get constructive feedback, advice and key connections to help you advance your business, and to request funding for your business idea.

Who is it for?

The START UP panels are open to those already working with a START UP adviser through START UP coaching.

If you want to be considered for a START UP grant:

  • Request for up to £250 can be considered by your START UP adviser directly.
  • For requests between £251 - £3K, your START UP business adviser will assess your need for funding, help you get ready and invite you to pitch at a START UP panel at the right time.

How do I find out more?

Ask your START UP Adviser for more information. 

START UP Connect

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

Why should I do it?

To mingle with our growing community of students, graduates and business owners. Hear inspiring stories, connect with 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 workshop. 


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 and can evidence they have got what it takes to establish and grow an innovative, impactful business idea.

How do I find out more?