Business start-up

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Work in a business or start up your own – the choice is yours but make sure you’re equipped for it by taking full advantage of what’s available to you from our vibrant programme of enterprise support.

Teesside Launchpad

Teesside Launchpad provides space, support and advice for anyone looking to start a new, high impact venture in Teesside.

For people with big ideas and the drive to create a new business – the Launchpad provides members with a stimulating environment, real creative spaces and the ability to meet, share and collaborate with like-minded start-up founders and gain access to some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors.

Ideate space

A space to play, collaborate, ideate and meet. This is our informal social space, a place to breakout from a workshop, meet with team members to whiteboard out a great new project.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Xbox One
  • 1080p HD projector
  • Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 3D Smart TV with internet
  • We Present – Wireless presentations x32 users
  • Giant whiteboard
  • Table tennis table

Maker space

Our maker space is a place to print in 3D, stitch, solder, hack and hot wire.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Orion Delta 3D printer
  • Cube 3 3D printer
  • x2 sewing machines
  • Logo embroidery machine
  • Overlocker machine
  • Soldering stations
  • Raspberry Pi

Learning space

Our learning space is a place to learn, present, pitch and collaborate. It is home to all of our workshops, challenges and training programmes. It is also the boardroom for the Launchpad steering group. Coming in 2016: Lean Launchpad 10 week start-up programme

Lean Launchpad is a business model development programme for early stage entrepreneurs from the Teesside student and alumni community. Led by The Forge, Lean Launchpad helps you develop your business ideas with a view to supporting a future application to enter the Teesside Launchpad accelerator. Our first Lean Launchpad will take place over 10 weeks starting in February 2016 with up to 12 successful teams each winning a £1,000 start-up grant.
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entrepreneurs@tees offers a range of exciting events and challenges to help you become an entrepreneur of the future, and add powerful evidence to your CV of your business sense and capacity.

entrepreneurs@tees works closely with Teesside Entrepreneurs, the student enterprise society, to help develop your enterprise skills and make sure you make the most of your time at University.

If you want to be the next Alan Sugar or just want to learn and experience business in a fun and informal way the entrepreneurs@tees programme could be for you. Contact us for more information at

Beer mat business idea challenge – £50 for 50 words!

The best business ideas are normally the simplest. Management guru Mark Southon said ‘if you can’t explain your business idea on the back of a beer mat there’s something wrong with it’. So prove him right. Look out for beer mats in and around the campus during Welcome Week and describe your idea in 50 words to win £50.

Teesside Entrepreneurs Society

Teesside Entrepreneurs, the student enterprise society, is looking for students to get involved in running it. In particular they need a management committee of enthusiastic and dedicated members who can manage this year’s activities and events.

Membership is open to students, alumni and graduate businesses and is a great opportunity to meet some interesting people, make new friends and put something really useful on your CV. To find out more, email