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Start up support

It all starts with an idea. But that's not what makes a startup work. You'll need to execute well, and to get the right support when you need it. We can help with that.

The journey from idea to business can be rewarding, challenging, thrilling and maddening all at once. That's why you need people to reach out to on your way.

At NTU Enterprise, we offer a range of business support services designed to assist at every stage, from researching ideas and markets to securing funding and new markets.

What we provide

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  • Access to excellent facilities and office space in our new Dryden Enterprise Centre
  • Advice and mentoring support for up to three years
  • Business guidance, and planning services
  • A packed calendar of events and socials
  • Networking opportunities, and news of potential opportunities
  • Access to funded programmes of support for entrepreneurs and SMEs

What do you need to succeed?

I want to evaluate my business idea

Whether your business idea is a commercial venture or a social enterprise, through our intensive HeadStart programme, we help you identify opportunities and shape your business concept into something that will last.

You'll work alongside other businesses in a supportive environment, and receive one-to-one tailored mentoring support. You'll also tap into tutorial sessions covering topics such as:

  • Market research
  • Building your brand
  • Business financials
  • Marketing
  • Raising finance
  • Tax and accountancy
  • Presentation skills

By the end of HeadStart, you'll have a clear and credible business plan, mapping out your first three years.

I want to start freelancing

NTU Enterprise offers a series of workshops for those interested in freelancing called "How to Be a Great Freelancer".

Being a great freelancer is more than being great at working ‘in’ the work you want to do – you need to be great at working ‘on’ your freelancing. In this series of workshops, you’ll learn how to work ‘on’ your freelancing and prepare yourself so you are best positioned to thrive in the work you want to do.

I'm a creative or digital business seeking advice 

We can help you work out how to get your business started, or to develop it in innovative ways.

Through The Big House, creative and digital businesses can access support, consultancy, coaching events and grant opportunities, and learn through events, mentoring and networking.

Businesses at all stages of development can access the advice and expertise of partner organisations including The Creative Quarter company, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Business School and NTU Enterprise, the University of Derby, Derby QUAD, New Art Exchange, Derby Theatre, NBV Enterprise Solutions, and Nottingham City Council's Growth Hub.

The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Fill out our enquiry form, email us at, or telephone +44 (0)115 848 4354.

I want help develop a social enterprise 

We work with organisations such as Nottingham City and County Councils to support growing social enterprises.

We can help you to:

  • Develop a clear social and/or environmental mission
  • Create a sustainable plan that isn't solely reliable on grants
  • Be more accountable and transparent
  • Re-invest profits where they can offer the most impact.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about how we could help you further your business ambitions, please contact .

Alternatively, you can contact us by using our online form.