How you can get involved in enterprise

Develop skills, metworks and ideas

  • Boot Camp - An intensive and exciting 3 day boot camp solving big problems in teams to compete for a £1,000 prize fund.  In partnership with a top employer.
  • Company Treks - Get behind the scenes at great companies.
  • Competitions - Enter an enterprising competition for a chance to win cash prizes and unique experiences to help your CV.
  • Social Action - Take social action and get involved with the Enactus entrepreneurial society at Birmingham. 
  • Future of Work - Does your future job exist yet? Enterprising events helping you to prepare for the changes ahead.

Make It Real - take action on your ideas

  • B-Start-Up Programme - Make it real with this six-month guided programme that is structured and designed to test your business idea and get it to the market quicker, cheaper and more effectively.
  • Business Start-Up Appointment - Talk to our friendly staff about your business idea and get help taking it forward.
  • Freelance and Start-Up Summer Camp - Get help working for yourself before the summer break
  • Freelance Quick Start - Profit from your passion and get into freelancing.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week - Every November, we celebrate innovation, creativity and people who make things happen with a series of events at the University of Birmingham
  • Ideas Fund - Take action on your ideas.  Apply for £500 funding to try your idea out. 
  • Impact Internships - Work for a start-up or social enterprise and get paid for it.
  • Start-Up Fund - £500 funding available to you if you have started a business. Gain access to the Founders Club too!
  • Start-Up Visa - Start your business in the UK after you graduate (for non-EU students)

Benefits of being enterprising

Being enterprising gives you a strong 'can-do' mind-set and makes you capable to handle anything that's thrown your way. Our world is becoming increasingly unpredictable and is changing quickly. Technological advances, globalisation, population rises, climate change, political and social unrest. By being enterprising, and by applying your knowledge and wider skills gained at Birmingham, you will develop skills in adaptability and resilience, skills which will help you in our ever changing economy. 

Even if you’re not planning on setting up your own business, getting involved in enterprising activities is a great way to boost your CV, gain new skills and meet new people. These are skills that can be transferred to your studies, your future employment and your daily life.

Skills, Attributes and Behaviours linked to enterprise

The image below gives you an idea on the breadth of skills, attributes and behaviours which are linked to enterprise. How many of those can you relate to? Would you be able to confidently give examples of those during a job interview?  

Find the you, you want to be!

Being enterprising is highly valued by employers. You may have noticed that interview processes are increasingly focusing on candidates' personalities. No longer are they purely interested in your skills and competences to do the job. Instead, would you fit into their organisation? What did you do over the summer? And what could this imply about you?

Enterprise Skills, Attributes and Behaviours

Contact the B-Enterprising team

The B-Enterprising Team at Birmingham provides curricular enterprise, extra-curricular enterprise and Start-Up support across all of the University’s five colleges. Enterprise is having ideas and making things happen.  We are all enterprising; students, academics, entrepreneurs, businesses, employers, societies……. all you need is motivation; we’ll help you with the rest.  Find out more about the B-Enterprising Team here or contact us by emailing benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk