Our students can access funding and business consultancy from our academic professionals and industry experts as they look to launch their first businesses. We partner with supportive organisations to take them to the next level in a supported environment and provide in-house training and guidance, access to workspace, and ongoing business mentoring.
To work with some of the great businesses we have nurtured or to see if our expertise could help your start-up enterprise, simply start a conversation with one of our experts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and telling us what you need.
Here are some of our Start-up Incubator’s recent success stories:
As a final year student, Sohaib secured a business start-up grant and support from our Enterprise Team to set himself up as a digital marketing consultant. To help him secure industry-relevant experience, we arranged high quality work experience placements with an established local charity helping unemployed women back into employment and with a firm who offer nutrition and wellbeing support to employers such as HSBC, Siemens, and Ernst & Young. The placements helped him to sharpen his pitching skills and road-test his business idea in a fully supported environment. The experience of client-handling, and the host’s testimonials and case study evidence proved the key to helping him launch his business. One year on, the business is flourishing as a Design and Media consultancy specialising in the automotive industry.
Birmingham Enterprise Community (B.E.C)
Being part of Newman as a student and setting up a society gave Daniel an insight into what could be achieved by working together with different sectors and industries. Planning and working together on his society set him on his path, to setting up Birmingham Enterprise Community. BEC is a social enterprise with the goal of building a collaborative and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that is able to cater for the needs of those within it. By working with those in the community and the wider West Midlands community we are able to create new opportunities and open resources to those who wish to use them to create positive change through enterprise and entrepreneurial activities.
BEC are proud to being working with Newman Enterprise who continue to support in a variety of ways in helping BEC reach their goals.
Daniel Evans – C.E.O
Whilst a student at Newman, Bobby managed to secure funding through a bespoke project to support her start up business. The project gave her access to mentoring, expert guidance, launch funding, being part of community and start up essentials. Whilst working part-time and studying all of these essentials it goes beyond what she could off imagined and gave her a platform to start moving the business forward. Serenity Psychotherapy offers an Integrative approach to therapy which involves a combination of several therapeutic techniques associated with Humanistic approaches.
Newman’s support gave her the encouragement and guidance to develop the business and after leaving university and also gaining her Masters, Serenity Psychotherapy is a thriving business that has now taken Newman university students on work placement’s and is keen to continue to work closely with enterprise department in developing the business further.
Bobby Bradstock – Director
Before being introduced to the Enterprise team, Emily had little idea of business and social enterprise. With the help of Ben, Emily become the founder of OpenDorz which is a social enterprise that was created to give opportunities in the local community to those that might not have those chances. What was once an idea has been turned into a reality and Emily would not have done this without the help of the Enterprise Team.
The support that she has received has been phenomenal and she has gained many skills and knowledge from the one to one support, signposting, project planning, networking and consultancy. She is now confident on where she wants to go with her career and how she can maximise opportunities which may not have been possible if she had not been given the support and advice from the enterprise team at Newman.
Emily says “The team are extremely valued by many students are a great asset to Newman University.”
Emily Ashmore – Founder
Interested in making a difference and an income?
If so, bseen offers an attractive package of start-up support for Newman students and graduates. Building on creative and enterprising ideas from people like you, it’s a collaborative programme run across four universities in Birmingham and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
Successful applicants benefit from a variety of support including a five day development programme that will take place in April 2022 (4th,-8th April), tailored personal mentoring, a business grant of up to £500 and workspace and networking at one the partner institutions.
Applications are now open for the next programme with deadline of 27th February 2022.
There is a two stage process with a written application, followed by a panel interview where you will be encouraged present your ideas. Successful applicants will start the programme in September 2021. For full details of the programme and application process go to the bseen website.
So if you have a great idea, the passion, commitment, and determination to start your new venture during 2021, visit the bseen website to find out more or contact email@example.com to discuss your eligibility.
bseen Success Stories
Bobby Bradstock – Serenity Psychotherapy
Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (bseen) has recently named Bobby Bradstock, an Alumna of Newman University, as its Entrepreneur of the month.
Bobby studied for her BSc in Psychology and Counselling Studies before progressing to gain her MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy, studying both at Newman University, and graduating in 2019.
Throughout her studies, Bobby gained work experience at Newman Health & Wellbeing and in her final year, Bobby entered into the bseen programme and was successful in gaining funding for her business. She began building her brand and website, eventually creating Serenity Psychotherapy.
Since graduating, Bobby’s business has grown and Serenity Psychotherapy now has an office in Hall Green as well as in Earlswood. Bobby has worked with tuition providers, social enterprises, and holistic wellbeing providers and most recently held her first networking event with Santander in Birmingham.
All of the above have contributed to Bobby being named as bseen’s Entrepreneur of the month.
Read more about Bobby’s story at Newman.
Read more about Bobby’s bseen journey.
Jamaal O’Driscoll – O’Driscoll Collective
Jamaal worked at Newman University within the NCOP team before working with the University to create his own business O’Driscoll Collective. Jamaal’s business is a national dance collective, teaching an outreach programme, workshops and performances in schools and community spaces.
Jamaal has recently being named as entrepreneur of the month by bseen for May.
Read more about Jamaal’s bseen journey.