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Durham University

Careers & Enterprise Centre

Explore New Business Ideas

Access the support you need to turn a bright idea into a great new business

Whether you're looking to start a freelance career or want to launch a new product or service, Careers & Enterprise offers a comprehensive package of support to help you achieve your goals. Our service includes 1:1 business advice, funding, workshops, competitions and opportunities to develop a supportive network.

We work with Durham University students or graduates with any idea at any stage of development. Further information is provided below and please contact us if you have any questions.

Start Up Advice

Discuss how you can take your business idea forward with one of our business advisers. These sessions are delivered on a one-to-one basis and are tailored around the specific needs of you and your business.


Whether your just starting to explore your idea or want to take your business further, there's a range of funding opportunities available to you.

Workshops & Events

Learn about different aspects of setting up in business from our amazing guest speakers. We also run fantastic meet up events where you can make useful contacts and meet likeminded students.

Blueprint StartUp Challenge

Get involved in Durham University's biggest start up competition. Win up to £10,000!

International Students

Apply for the opportunity to remain in the UK after graduation to establish a new business.

Durham Venture School

After graduation, you could join a six month programme which brings together the brightest minds to launch high-potential startups.

Success Stories

Discover some of the entrepreneurial success stories of alumni who started out with support from Careers & Enterprise.

This project is part-financed with ERDF funding, through the ‘Durham Internships and Collaborative Enterprise (DICE) programme.