Create your own online marketplace with a free Shopify account available to University of Birmingam students for two years.

Shopify for your business

Create your own online marketplace

The University of Birmingham B-Enterprising Start-Up Team have partnered with Shopify to offer you access to a free Shopify account for two years. Shopify is a subscription-based software which allows you to create your own online marketplace. This opportunity is open to all University of Birmingham students, graduates and staff with a email address. Please read the following instructions carefully before selecting the below link:

  • To get started, please click on the Shopify link below and select your free 14-day trial. After starting the 14-day trial, your account will automatically be converted into a free 2-year subscription. This conversion to a free account will only work if you use the below link at the very start.
  • After starting your trial, the transfer to your free 2-year plan can take up to 24 hours. If you see a store countdown in your Shopify admin, please ignore this. There is no need to pick a plan.
  • Important: You must use your University of Birmingham email address (ending in to activate this opportunity
  • At the end of your 2-year plan, you have the choice to pick a paid plan or let the account freeze.

Be inspired to start something

If you need inspiration for your Shopify Store design we recommend searching for existing stores online or visiting Inspiring Stores for ideas.

Contact the B-Enterprising team

If you need a little help with your idea, contact us at


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