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Last Updated: March 19th 2018




Do you want to be your own boss?

Do you have the ambition to be the founder of a successful company?

We can help turn your business idea into reality.

You could set up your own company at any time, including for your placement or when you graduate. All you need is a viable idea and the commitment to make it succeed.

BSEEN has supported over 450 students and graduates to set up over 240 businesses in the last three years, including,,, and many more.

Could your business be next?

The BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) programme offers an attractive package of intensive start-up support for new ventures.

Successful applicants benefit from a variety of workshops including a five day intensive start-up boot-camp with networking opportunities, tailored mentoring, a business grant and dedicated incubator space.

The deadline for applications for the next intake is Wednesday 31st January 2018.

This will be followed by a friendly panel interview on Monday 19th February 2018.

 If successful you will be invited to attend the start-up training on 26th, 27th and 28th March 2018 and 5th, 6th April 2018.  

Please complete application available online at and send to Wednesday 31st January 2018.

BSEEN, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, is a collaborative initiative between Aston University, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University. It is available to students from these universities and graduates within the last five years from any university living in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area.

For more information visit or email

Please note international students are not able to set up a business during placement year, due to VISA restrictions. However if you graduate this year Aston University may be able to sponsor your Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur VISA.




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