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UEL Enterprise

Based at UEL's Knowledge Dock Business and Innovation Centre, the Enterprise team have the expertise to support students and alumni in their entrepreneurial journeys. Whether it be an initial idea or start-up to growing SMEs, at UEL Enterprise we have every step covered.

Our Achievements

  • 46

    Since 2013, forty-six new business ventures successfully started with our support.

  • 2.5m

    Over £2.5 million of turnover has been generated by these successful businesses.

  • 269

    These new businesses have resulted in the creation of two hundred and sixty nine jobs.

I have an idea...

At UEL Enterprise, we are proud to support even the smallest of eureka moments. Based at Knowledge Dock within the heart of UEL, the Enterprise Team specialise in offering one-to-one sessions to turn your bright idea into a profitable start-up. Also available to you is our Enterprise Academy series of unique workshops created to turn any student or graduate into an accomplished entrepreneur.

E-Factor is our flagship competition for students and alumni to help get their ideas started. Applications normally run between November-January each year, with the final in May.

I'm up and running...

Knowledge Dock is the home of newly refurbished Co-Working space creating the perfect environment for a start-up. Being one of the most affordable office spaces in London, students can run their business alongside their studies and graduates can build a home for their business in a familiar environment. With the support of the Jack Petchey Foundation, students and alumni can access this area from just £15 per month. Also, people on our Tier 1 GE Visa programme and the winners of our E-Factor and Haberdashers competitions receive one year’s membership for free.

I'm ready to grow...

With several long-standing partnerships, UEL Enterprise offer specialist advice to help excel your business to new heights. Working with GetSet 4 Growth and Natwest, the Enterprise Team can also offer networking and development opportunities based in and around East London. In conjunction with the European Business Network (EBN), Knowledge Dock can also facilitate ventures into new international markets and presents a unique partnership also being the only EU Accredited Business Innovation Centres in London.

For UEL students and alumni with established commerical and social enterprises, we hold a competition in partnership with the Haberdashers Livery Company. This allows these enterprises to receive extra funding to help take their business to new heights. Read more here.


It was tough because I didn’t know anything about business before coming to UEL. The Enterprise team guided me a lot, by providing mentoring support, space in the Knowledge Dock Business Centre and all the resources you need to start a business
Varun Talwar , UEL Graduate and Owner, Chaarms Productions

Partner with us

UEL Enterprise strongly encourages collaboration with external organisations and are happy to welcome new businesses, organisations and enterprises to join forces with. These partnerships can come in many forms, whether it be to support one of our competitions, providing educational workshops for students or mentoring one of the many ambitious entrepreneurs Knowledge Dock proudly supports.

News and Events

  • UEL graduate ‘overwhelmed’ by £20,000 prize after winning E-Factor 2016
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UEL Enterprise run two annual competitions, E-Factor, for start-up funding, and Haberdashers', for growth funding and social enterprises.

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