Be Inspired – Staffordshire University

What is the Be Inspired – Staffordshire University?

Start Up grant (£3,000) and a support programme is available to graduates considering starting up a business. The programme offers free support and guidance for graduates of any university in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to start a business in Staffordshire. Be Inspired – Staffordshire University is a start-up programme offering 12 months of support to help budding business owners with ideas to start and grow a commercial venture.

Since 2001, the programme has worked with almost 700 businesses with a sustainability rate (surviving 3 years or more) of 80%. biSU takes participants on a journey that transforms individuals into successful business owners with the ability to confidently navigate the world of business.

What you can get out of the programme

  • 8 training workshops over 12 months
  • monthly business and networking events
  • monthly mentoring sessions
  • £3000 of financial support
  • bi-monthly business adviser review

The programme supports start-ups in a range of sectors including:

  • Food and Hospitality
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Technology
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Film and Photography
  • Legal
  • Sport
  • Events Management
  • Digital Marketing

The programme is great for building and developing your personable skills which is crucial for building relationships. If you are considering applying for the programme I highly recommend it – the biSU team are great and very knowledgable, as are the external speakers and workshops that the team arrange for the cohort. Be Inspired brings vision to life by engendering an enterprising collaboration of investors, entrepreneurs, business mentors, academics and industry leaders through business, networking and leadership events and provision of springboard opportunities for new start-ups.