The ultimate employability and entrepreneurship experience for HE and FE students. Start Up programme gives university students the opportunity to develop employability skills and prepare for the world of work. We believe in learning by doing, which is why Start Up participants set up and run their own student company for up to 12 months.

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  • Set up and run a student company from start to end
  • An extensive range of online resources available
  • Competition events locally and up to European level
  • Access YE Trading Station – a bespoke online sales platform for YE student companies
  • Opportunities for mentoring from a volunteer (where possible)
  • Opportunities for bespoke enterprise workshops

Download the Start Up Magazine 2023-24 to find out more. 

More about Start Up Programme

Many Universities and FE Colleges choose to run Start Up alongside existing modules within their subject curriculum.

Start Up has obvious parallels with subjects such as Business and Economics, Accountancy and Finance but is certainly not limited to these fields. At Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) more than 700 students from a wide range of subjects have run 135 student companies through Start Up. Highly valued by employers and students alike, Start Up has helped MMU to consistently establish scores of over 4.0 in the International Student Survey (ISS) and the National Student Survey (NSS).

Student Stories

“We’ve had such an amazing journey. It transformed us. It’s helped me grow in different areas because of so many experiences and opportunities.” – Jamie Griffiths, Start Up Student

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