UoB Elevate at The Exchange

Explore what's possible by joining our entrepreneurial community in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Located at The Exchange, UoB Elevate is an incubator and business growth programme exclusive for University of Birmingham students and graduates. Through this space and support you can develop your own venture in an environment that fosters growth and enables possibilities beyond the established graduate route.

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How UoB Elevate can help you

UoB Elevate is a multifaceted programme, consisting of workshops, events, mentoring and business planning. The programme offers a wide range of support, investment and networking opportunities through Business Engagement and the University of Birmingham alumni network. The Graham Turner Entrepreneurship Centre opened in September 2021 and there is a community of 38 businesses working together to develop their business ventures.

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How to Apply

There are two parts to the application process. You will need to complete an online application form and if successful, you will be invited to pitch your idea to an independent panel. The next application window formally opens in Spring 2023. However, if you wish to apply for the next round of applications you can make an early application in advance using the below form, or contact the B-Enterprising Team to express your interest by emailing us at benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

 How UoB Elevate can help you

UoB Elevate

  • Be part of a cohort of growth businesses
  • Run your business from the city centre incubator within the iconic Exchange building
  • Receive dedicated support and guidance to help you grow your business
  • Support from entrepreneurial alumni network
  • Access to regional business support schemes
  • Access to alumni mentoring scheme
  • Access to hiring student intern and consultancy schemes
  • Access to funding schemes and investor networks
  • Special offers and discounts from business service providers

 Can I join UoB Elevate?

UoB Elevate is open to University of Birmingham students and graduates from all disciplines. We welcome applications from all types of businesses. We typically accept: 

  • Businesses that can demonstrate traction (be it users, customers, revenue, investors and/or key partners). This includes freelancers or those who are self-employed.

  • High-potential early stage ideas.

  • Social enterprises or other community impact organisations that can demonstrate traction.

  • International students who wish to start a business in the UK are welcome to apply. Further information on how we can support you with your start-up visa endorsement can be found on the B-Enterprising Start-Up Visa webpage.
  • Other types of applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Businesses with at least 50% UoB student/graduate ownership of the business will be preferred, lower UoB student/graduate ownership percentages will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

 Key dates - Cohort 3 (September 2023)

Our third cohort of businesses (Cohort 3) will gain access to our incubator programme from September 2023. Please note the key dates for the next application window.

  • UoB Elevate Programme Application deadline - Sunday 25 June 2023
  • Interviews - From mid July 2023
    (Dates will be communicated to successful applicants)
  • Formal Incubation starts - Monday 18 September 2023

 £15,000 University of Birmingham Startup Scholarship

We have an opportunity for finalists and graduates (up to five years after graduation) to apply for a £15,000 University of Birmingham Start-Up Scholarship. This scholarship is exclusive to UoB participants who are enrolled on the UoB Elevate programme. This is a one year scholarship - payments are made in three instalments over a one year period to help support you in getting started and scaling your business idea.

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You can find full Terms and Conditions about the scholarship on the document below:

About UoB Elevate

This programme aims to support UoB startups onto the next level with, funding, incubation space, support and talent. UoB Elevate is the dedicated incubator and business growth programme designed to support University of Birmingham Student and Graduate entrepreneurs to the next level of their growth. You can learn more about our current resident start-ups on the UoB Elevate business webpage.

There is also the opportunity to apply for pre-accelerator funding to help your business. Visit our Start-Up Fund webpage to find out if you are eligible to claim £500 for your existing start-up costs.

Contact the B-Enterprising team

If you have any questions about UoB Elevate at The Exchange or the University of Birmingham Startup Scholarship, please email the B-Enterprising team at benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk.  


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