Student and Graduate Enterprise

New business support

Turning your idea into a fledgling business doesn't have to be a solo flight – nor does it need to break the bank.

There are plenty of places on campus and off that support student and graduate companies with advice and guidance as well as cheap – or even, free – space to set up.

The Studio

The Studio provides a dynamic and supportive on-campus environment for Loughborough graduates to develop their ideas into sustainable business ventures. In addition to professional work space, each tenant benefits from access to University facilities, mentoring, business support and guidance.

Drop-in sessions

If you want to talk through any business-related issues, or want to find out more about enterprise at Loughborough, the Student and Graduate Enterprise Manager - Marina Pickles - runs drop-in sessions twice a week

  • Thursday 2.00-4.00pm in the LSU Hub
  • Friday 2.00-4.00pm in The Place, Stewart Mason Building

So, if you want to talk about starting your own business, apply for a Tier 1 Graduate Visa Endorsement, find out how to protect your Intellectual Property, or ask about how to apply for the Launch it! Business Ideas Competition - just pop in and see her.

Advanced Technology Innovation Centre

The Advanced Technology Innovation Centre - located on the University's Science and Enterprise Park - offers a rent-a-desk option and units with flexible tenancies for new and growing technology businesses.

Reduced rates of £10 (+VAT) per month are available for students on virtual tenancies, enabling you to benefit from a business postal address.

For a specially reduced rate of £15 (+VAT), you can use the Centre’s address as your registered office as well as your mailing address.

Students can also take advantage of a rent-a-desk option - from £80 per month (+VAT).

And as your business grows, ATIC's flexible office, lab, studio and workshop spaces can be adapted to suit your needs.

Find out more

01509 228705
innovation@lboro.ac.uk 
www.lusep.co.uk/atic

somewhereto_

Olympic legacy project somewhereto_ provides 16-25 year olds across the UK with the space to do the things they love – putting on a show, band rehearsals, football matches – for free. The project also helps new businesses by offering free workspace.

Love Loughborough – New Business Start-Up

If you’re searching for a local home for your venture, Love Loughborough are looking for new businesses to take up residence in empty town centre units – and are offering support packages worth up to £5,000.

Success stories

Ali Foroughi

Ali launched Jungle magazine in 2013 to showcase the work of both established and aspiring creative artists around the globe.

Sophie-Louise Hyde

Launched in 2013, The Student Wordsmith is the go-to place for students and graduates keen to read material by various writers – both established and previously undiscovered – that reflects their own experiences.

Simon Lyons

Simon’s design company, Version 22, develops innovative products that address household problems – like storage and opening awkward packaging.

Ali Foroughi

Ali launched Jungle magazine in 2013 to showcase the work of both established and aspiring creative artists around the globe.

Sophie-Louise Hyde

Launched in 2013, The Student Wordsmith is the go-to place for students and graduates keen to read material by various writers – both established and previously undiscovered – that reflects their own experiences.

Simon Lyons

Simon’s design company, Version 22, develops innovative products that address household problems – like storage and opening awkward packaging.