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Freelance Fridays

Freelance Fridays offers support through live events, blended learning, and real-life work opportunities.

Freelance Fridays modules give you confidence to launch your own freelancing business, alongside your studies. We do this through interactive activities and providing content from a range of different platforms in one easy-to-access place.

Freelance Fridays in person workshops are a great opportunity for you to hear from experts in a range of different specialisms. The workshops are about an hour and you also benefit from networking time with other freelancing students.

You can take advantage of working in our freelance hub in the Student Life. Spaces are limited so best get in touch to book a desk for the day.

Contact us to find out more about Freelance Fridays or to get involved.

Launchpad FUEL programme

STARTUP: support, workshops, mentors, space and funding

FUEL Programme

Our Intensive 7-Week Graduate Start-Up Programme offers you the experience of expert-led workshops, mentoring and support, getting you ready to pitch for up to a share of £30k grant funding.

The programme is specifically for Teesside University students, graduates and staff who are in the first stages of starting a business.

This interactive, industry-led programme brings together the best Tees Valley-based business mentors and coaches to deliver each syllabus topic and takes you through the stages of starting a business.

At the end of the programme you benefit from:

  • an opportunity for each business founder to pitch to the trustees for grant funding
  • dedicated office space for six months at Teesside Launchpad (if needed)
  • expert mentoring and coaching
  • business workshops and networking opportunities.

How to apply

  1. Create a two-minute pitch video and a 250-word synopsis telling us what your business idea is and why you think the FUEL programme and funding will help you.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube and send us your link

Entry dates to be confirmed, but please contact us with an expression of interest.

Pitch video must haves:

  • an outline of your business idea
  • what the problem you are solving is and for whom
  • how the FUEL funding would help your business
  • what you would spend the grant funding on.

Want to know more about applying?

Please contact us using the email below.


Good luck!

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