Got an idea?

Need help finding your spark?

We can help you find your lightbulb moment and turn your spark into a business, product or career. We’ve helped lots of our students to create their own successful start-ups.

In partnership with Santander, we’ve created the spark programme to help you ignite your spark and boss your future. If your idea has got potential, you can tap into:

  • expert start-up advice
  • skills development
  • variety of workshops
  • funding between £500 - £10,000

All students and all ideas welcome. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Featured Event

Spark Confetti Roadshow

Get knowledge, skills and support for business creation. If you've never considered being your own boss or working for yourself, come along to our event and ignite the “spark” to your future.

1 March 2019
11 am - 2.30 pm
Metronome, Huntington Street, Nottingham, NG1 1AP

Find out more

Meet people who have turned their idea into a business, product or career. Listen to inspirational speakers behind successful start-ups. Discover how with our support you can ignite and grow your spark and turn your business idea into reality.

  • Bring your ideas and speak to advisers
  • Inspiring guest speakers to help you find your spark
  • Find out about funding for your idea
  • Talk to recent start-ups about their experiences

Hear from The Human Lie Detector, Darren Stanton. Darren has featured on This Morning, is a former police officer and is Hive Alumni.

There will be stands and exhibitors showcasing the variety of ideas and businesses, including Doughnotts and Play Pro Ltd Golfing Simulator and a range of technology and sport exhibitors.

Also, look out for other upcoming Spark roadshows:

  • Spark Confetti Roadshow, Thursday 7 March (tbc), Metronome (tbc), 11am – 2pm

We also have a series of workshops taking place:

Spark Creative Ideas Workshops

Need help finding your spark? This workshop will open your mind to develop new creative ideas, through ideation -  the creative process of generating, developing and communicating new ideas – whether that be for starting a new business, product, or how you talk about or market an existing product or service.

  • 21 February 2019
  • 5 March 2019

Spark Business Mugshot Workshops

Got a business idea and want to make it happen? Define the reality of your business idea and paint a vision for the future, all while gaining insight as you go. Create your  mugshot - a living document that grows are your idea does.

  • 14 March 2019

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Miles Waghorn