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NTU Enterprise

If you’ve got a start-up, a growing business or an established enterprise that you want to take to the next level, we’re here to help. Co-creating with Nottingham’s vibrant SME community is at the heart of everything we do, in order to connect Nottingham Trent University and the wider enterprise eco-system.

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Supporting enterprising minds since 2001

NTU Enterprise (formerly The Hive) has supported founders to turn their ideas into reality through the renowned start-up programme, HeadStart, for over twenty years. Our experience covers a wealth of enterprise support services, including mentoring, workshops and events.

We are proud to offer both bespoke support and stylish, modern business space for a full range of organisational needs.

Who we support

You may call yourself an entrepreneur, a founder, co-founder, business owner, freelancer, side-hustler, CEO, COO… we could go on. If you’re starting, growing or scaling your business, have ideas that you believe in, a desire to connect and collaborate and the passion to put the work in – come and speak to us! We’ve got a range of tools and support for you to tap into.

How does NTU Enterprise work?

We understand that one size doesn't fit all. That’s why we’ve curated the below menu of support for you and your enterprise.

To find out more about our range of support, email and state the programme name in your email subject line.

Starting out

Our three-month HeadStart programme offers a start-up support package to help you identify opportunities, build your business plan and master the principles of running a business. We run the programme three times a year.

Explore how to grow

Our new Breakthrough programme is for entrepreneurs and SMEs who want to build on their business foundations.

Ready to scale

Scale Up will give you the knowledge, tools and guidance you need get to where you want to be.


Looking to power up your freelancing game? Our freelancer programme is designed to help you build a successful and sustainable career.

Student enterprise – coming soon! If you have a query about how we can support you please email

Want to stay connected to our ambitious and vibrant business community?

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For more information or to enquire about support or opportunities for your business, please contact our team at