Making a living from your ideas and skills
If you are a student, graduate or alumni seeking to start your own business, freelance and or develop your entrepreneurial skills and mindset transferable and valuable to any career, you can utilise the wide-ranging support available through the Creative Enterprise Centre (CEC) to help you turn your amazing ideas into a reality and gain experience and networks outside your course.
Westminster Student Enterprise Journey
The Westminster Student Enterprise Journey is a modular and reflective workflow that supports you to manage, monitor and take ownership of developing your enterprise skills, setting up your business and freelance career.
It is the first step and one-stop-shop to access:
- freelance ‘gigs’ and opportunities
- one to one business advice
- business competitions
- other free resources available to you across the University and beyond
The workflow aids a monitoring tool keeping a record of all your engagement in enterprise related activities.
Workshops and events
Attend free workshops and events led by advisors, entrepreneurs, industry experts covering topics such as the Business Model Canvas, intellectual property, bookkeeping, investment readiness, branding, and much more to enhance your employability and commercial skills, whilst gaining practical and first-hand insights on what it’s like to run your own business and or work as a freelancer.
Idea Lab: Co-Working and Workshop Space
Take advantage of a dedicated co-working and workshop space located in Room AG.25 at the Harrow Campus and work amongst a community of entrepreneurial peers and advisors.
Freelance work opportunities and commissions
Sign up to the Creative Enterprise Centre - Creative Agency to get weekly targeted listings of paid commissions and freelance gigs/work opportunities to grow your professional network and build up your portfolio and CV.
London Venture Crawl
The London Venture Crawl is an annual immersive event and competition that takes 25 selected University of Westminster Students alongside students from other London universities on a 12-hour expedition on a London Routemaster Bus around London’s pioneering startup, innovation, co-working and maker spaces. You will meet and network with London entrepreneurs and other like-minded students and graduates. Find out how to apply for the London Venture Crawl 2019.
Venture Accelerator Programme
The Venture Accelerator Programme is a structured 1 to 2-year programme that supports students and graduates who have or are ready to register, operate and scale their businesses. To apply, you must have progressed to Stage 4 of the Enterprise Journey.
Applications will open on 1 April 2019, the programme starts with a weeklong preparatory bootcamp to aid you with structuring your business plan and goals.
International Students: Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa
Due to government Tier 4 Visa restrictions, international students are required to apply for and hold a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa to register and operate a business in the UK. The University of Westminster endorses International students who have or are about to graduate through the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme. This route is only open to non-European Economic Area graduates who have a viable business idea, where success is dependent on its developed in the UK.
To apply for endorsement for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, you must have progressed to Stage 4 of the Enterprise Journey and meet the Home Office and Visa eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will initially be granted leave to remain in the UK for 12 months - during which they will follow structured performance monitoring as part of the Venture Accelerator Programme.
Students interested in applying for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa should contact the Student Advice team for guidance on their eligibility to apply.
Competitions are a great opportunity to challenge yourself, develop your skills, articulate your ideas, practice pitching and gain access to funding. Progress through the Enterprise Journey to access support to apply for various competitions organised by the University and our external partners, such as the: NACUE Varsity Pitch Competition and the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Competition.
Westminster Big Idea Competition
The Westminster Big Idea Competition is an annual University-wide student business competition, sponsored by Santander Universities UK. The competition champions and encourages students to be more entrepreneurial and offers opportunities to win numerous cash prizes across four entry categories: Digital and Tech, Social and Environmental Impact, Freelancing, and Maker and Inventor. The competition is not focused on finding the most developed idea or business concept but rather encourages students to explore and showcase their imagination and ability to respond to real problems, trends and needs in our modern-day society.
Westminster POP UP
The Westminster POP UP is a pioneering enterprise and experiential learning project to support and showcase the University's entrepreneurial designers, makers, creators and crafters. Through a competitive open call application process, participants are enrolled in a three-month programme of preparatory workshops and 1-to-1 advisory appointments with industry experts and business advisors, to support them with building and launching their brands and businesses. The process culminates in a week-long selling exhibition and showcase in a commercial retail space in central London.
Westminster ON-TRAK Fellowship
The Westminster ON-TRAK Fellowship is an annual competition run in partnership with RAK Studios which awards a selected University of Westminster graduate with a viable business idea, with one year’s free working space at the world-renowned RAK Studios alongside structured mentoring, business advice and a £1000 prize.
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For more information on the support and services available contact: [email protected].