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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.

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Our Programmes

We run two programmes for UEL students and alumni. Our Enterprise Academy encourages new entrepreneurial talent to take their ideas and turn them into start-up businesses. For those with existing businesses and ventures, our Accelerate programme offers advanced masterclasses and one-to-one support to stimulate growth.

The Enterprise Academy

Join the Academy. Be an entrepreneur. Start a business.

The Enterprise Academy consists of six workshops covering all the basics that future entrepreneurs need to turn their idea into start-ups.

At the end of the Academy programme, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

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Accelerate your business with masterclasses and support.

The Accelerate programme is tailored to students and alumni who have businesses up and running. Masterclasses supplied by GetSet 4 Growth and our other delivery partners equip UEL's vibrant entrepreneur community with the needed knowledge to help their businesses grow and thrive.

Members of the Accelerate team also get access to one-to-one support from our Enterprise team based at Knowledge Dock, UEL's business and innovation centre.

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

Our Competitions

Every year we run two competitions to give selected start-ups and businesses an extra push towards growth and success.


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.


Our Haberdashers Competition is a partnership between University of East London Enterprise and the Haberdashers' Livery Company aimed to give businesses owned by UEL students and graduates a financial boost to encourage growth.

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.

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.