Student Futures

Teesside Launchpad mission

To build a start-up community on campus, one that engages entrepreneurs in a range of engaging and meaningful activities, creating an entrepreneurial space that flies the flag of enterprise and innovation, a creative space designed to support.


What is Teesside Launchpad?

We have worked with Silver Lining Animation, a Launchpad supported business, to create an animated video explaining this innovative business start-up scheme in the North East of England.

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The FUEL programme

Open to all Teesside University graduates, FUEL is a six-week intensive development programme giving founders market-entry funding, mentoring and space to grow.

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Microbiz Academy

A scalable enterprise programme enabling Teesside University students to explore, start and launch Side Hustle projects that enhance employability skills and develop income through activity. If you already have the hustle going on, let us know and we can support you with developing this further, and you will be able to access a range of workshops to support this journey.

Launchpad incubation

An impactful mix of space housed in the historic Victoria Building and a place for community and business mentoring, providing a platform for funding to create sustainable high-growth graduate start-ups. Available to Teesside University students or graduates, you gain access to 18 months of structured mentoring, support and office space. As well as access to a range of workshops and sessions including in areas such as:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Sales and marketing
  • Search engine optimisation and web
  • Branding
  • Intellectual property and legal
  • Social media
  • Presentation skills
  • Start-up business mentoring
  • Investors and funding

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Enterprise projects

Enterprise and entrepreneurial projects delivered on campus with module content and/or placements designed around a core challenge. These also include the opportunity for students to get involved in employability building initiatives such as being an Enterprise Pioneer or getting involved in a social enterprise project.

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Teesside University's Enterprise Awards 2019

The Inaugural Enterprise Awards is brought to you to celebrate and recognise the achievement of students, graduates, staff and those in the business and community who support us to be enterprising and entrepreneurial. The award nominations will culminate in a celebration event on the 2 October 2019 at the University with invited guests and shortlisted finalists.

We would welcome nominations from staff, students and those who have contributed to the achievements and development of graduate and student businesses and academic staff. If you have seen an individual, staff or student, go far above their role to inspire individuals and feel they should be recognised for their efforts please nominate in the following categories.

The deadline for entries is the 3 June 2019 at 5pm.

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Entry criteria and category information

Information is provided under each category as to what the panel is looking for. The judging panel will be made up of the Student Futures Enterprise Team, an independent business mentor (not eligible for nomination) and two Student Enterprise Pioneers.

Listed below are the categories you can enter. You may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. In either case you must state the reasons why and follow the criteria in terms of what the panel are looking for. Please state your case in no more than 250 words.

All businesses/mentors must fulfil the following general criteria for entry as well as the specific category criteria:

  • are a Teesside University Launchpad graduate or business
  • be a Mentor and have worked with the Enterprise Team for a minimum of three months
  • for every category the judges are looking for something that stands out, those with potential, are inspiring and have been ambitious in their outlook.

Can I enter more than one category?

If you feel that your business is suited to more than one category, we actively encourage you to enter more than one. However, do be sure to tailor each application to the relevant category, rather than using the same generic application across all.

Should I use client testimonials?

If you have any testimonials that you feel would help with your application, you can submit them.

When is the entry deadline?

Any extensions to entry deadlines will be announced through the website, social media and email. The event will take place on the 2 October 2019 at the Teesside University Middlesbrough Campus.

Further information

Contact The Enterprise Team on 01642 384543 or email:


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