Start your own business

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or you already run a business, you can take advantage of our specialist business support while you’re studying with us.

Transform your ideas into reality

If you have an idea, we'll help you develop specific skills and acumen to get your business started. Yvonne won a business planning competition and started up a cupcake business. Watch her story.

Your questions answered

Can you help me start a business?

Yes, there are many ways we can help you turn your dream of running your own business into a reality. For example, you can: 

  • Use our start-up toolkit to go from idea to business plan.
  • Enter our Enterprise Challenge competition for the chance to receive up to £5,000 to develop your business idea.
  • Test your business idea at a business boot camp.
  • Network with other budding entrepreneurs and start-up mentors.
  • Have weekly one-to-ones with a member of our enterprise team.

Do you offer training for entrepreneurs?

Yes. Whether you are studying a business-related degree or not, we will provide you with training to prepare you for the business world.

This includes workshops on everything from developing a business idea and building a network to understanding customers and marketing your idea.

Can I collaborate with others?

Absolutely. We encourage you to buddy up with someone with different skills so that you can benefit from each other's expertise.

For example, you may be a business entrepreneur in need of computing or engineering support. Alternatively, you may have lots of tech skills and a great idea but not the marketing experience to take it forward.

We help to match people together and watch these collaborations thrive.

How can you help me develop my business?

We provide training, networking, workspace and funding to help early-stage businesses move on to the next level.

Our Accelerator Programme includes a week of intensive training in practical business areas (from shareholder agreements to marketing strategies) and three months of free workspace.

It is designed for businesses that have recently started trading and is open to current students and those who have graduated within 5 years.

We also have a bursary scheme. Accelerator Programme participants can apply for grants of £1,000 to invest in the growth of their companies.

Where do I start?

You'll find lots of details about the entrepreneurship and business support we offer at our centre for innovation, Generator

If you're an international student or graduate with a business idea, we can endorse visas. See Start-Up Visas for more details.

  • My mentor at Greenwich was exceptional, and he was instrumental in helping me set up my business. His enthusiasm, his drive and his belief in me helped me get to where I am today.

    - Yvonne Platt, BSc Business Management, Founder of Yviescupcakes

  • They gave me a lot of help and advice, including mock interviews, which really helped.

    - Josh Watkins, Business Management