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Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Based at UEL’s Knowledge Dock Business Centre, the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship team work across the university, helping you to develop a wide range of entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to turn your ideas into income generating ventures. We will support you with developing successful consultancies, nail your thriving side-hustle, secure your first freelancing contract or get your product to market. From nurturing ideas and start-ups to growing SMEs we have every step covered.

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Book an appointment to see one of our dedicated advisors to discuss your business idea in more detail. We will work with you to come up with a tailored action plan to help you identify the next steps for you and your business.

We hold one-to-ones every Thursday alternating between Docklands and Stratford campus.


Don’t have an idea? No worries. Our hacks and events are designed to help inspire you, meet like-minded individuals and come up with that million pound idea.


Wednesday 23rd October
University Square Stratford

A lively panel discussion bringing together inspirational role models to share their experiences and tips on ‘Building Your Personal Brand’. A great opportunity to get thinking about how you develop your profile and network in your specialist area and speak to those that have made it to the top in areas such as business, sport and music.

Social Impact Business Day

Tuesday 11th February

Taking place during Student Volunteering week, our social impact day will demystify starting your own social enterprise or charity, as well as showcase some of our leading social entrepreneurs.

London Venture Crawl

Wednesday 11th March

Over the course of 12 hours, 6 iconic Routemaster buses drive students from multiple London universities to some of the capital’s top innovation hubs and workspaces to experience London’s start-up ecosystem first-hand and meet top entrepreneurial leaders.

Freelancers Day

Thursday 18th June
Knowledge Dock, Docklands Campus

We will have a series of mini master-classes running across the day to help you get started as a freelancer, covering setting up, marketing and completing your tax return. You can pick and mix the sessions that are most valuable to help you turn your talents into money.

Hackathons are typically associated with the technology sector. However, more recently hacks have been applied to a wide range of disciplines. They are a great way to develop a broad range of skills, establish new networks and inspire innovative ideas. During a typical UEL Hack, you will work in groups with students from across the institution to solve a problem. You will be taken through a number of fun activities to help you come up with creative solutions and quickly move on to prototyping and testing your idea before concluding with a live pitch.

Social Hack

Thursday 21st November

Are you passionate about making a difference in your community? Our 1 day ‘Social Hack’ is the opportunity to work with students and local residents from across Newham to tackle poignant local issues such as Housing, Knife Crime and Mental Health. The winning group will receive £500 and support from the team to develop their idea.

Creative Hack

Friday 31st January - Sunday 2nd February

The prestigious ‘Mayors Entrepreneurship Competition’ is looking for innovations within the ‘Creative Industries’ and we are teaming up with LCF, Birkbeck and LSBU to bring students together to innovate and develop their ideas. Over the two days you will develop your ideas and get support and mentoring from industry professionals to develop your idea to put forward for the £20,000 prize. 


Want to learn the fundamentals behind starting and running a successful start-up business? Our programme of easy to digest workshops will cover everything you need to know to get you up and running.


At our Start-Up series of workshops we will help you learn all the fundamentals of business start-up. On completion of the programme you should have the first draft of your business plan and a better understanding of where you would like to take things next!
No experience necessary.


You’ve got your idea, you’ve got the knowledge, we can supply the money to get your business started. Our set of competitive funding programmes offers opportunities to acquire start-up funding and support.

E-Factor is a business ideas competition for students and recent graduates of the University of East London. After developing their business models, applicants will pitch their ideas to industry professionals on several occasions before going head-to-head in the Grand Final, developing their individual skills as well as their businesses model and plan for the future.

Start-Up Visa

The Start-Up Visa enables successful international applicants to remain in the UK for 2 Years post-graduation to develop and start their business with support and endorsement from our team.

We have two application deadlines per year. For dates, full eligibility criteria and application process please click below.

Start-Up Sprint

Start-Up Sprint will take you from idea to incorporation in 6 hours!

This programme is ideal for those of you who have a fairly developed idea or are looking to turn your skills into money and start freelancing/gigging whilst you are studying or straight after university. If successful, you will be enrolled onto a programme of 6 tailored one-to-one mentoring sessions which will help you build your business and develop and implement your plans. 


Already running a business? We can help ease the pain of balancing business and studies. Whether you need office space on campus, or a small growth grant, we have your back.

In partnership with the Haberdashers’ Livery Company, Bring Your Own Business (BYOB) is for Students and Alumni who already have an established business.

The programme is an opportunity to take a step back and health check your business and create, develop and commit to a plan for growth.

Selected businesses will receive:

  • Business Health Check
  • Mentoring with Experts in Marketing, Finance & Business Strategy.
  • Equity-Free Growth Funding
  • Funded Student Intern Placement for your Business
  • Six Months Coaching & Support
  • Access to the Haberdashers’ Scholars Network

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