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Durham Venture School

Durham Venture School brings together talented individuals to launch high-potential startups.

This is a unique opportunity to work alongside other exceptional Durham University graduates to explore the significant problems facing industry and society. We will surround you with the tools, resources, and connections to help you generate new ideas and launch ventures with the potential to achieve significant impact.

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The programme

We want you to think big. Durham Venture School offers an unrivalled package of support to help you do this, providing an exclusive opportunity to explore your ideas within an ambitious community of like-minded individuals with the tools and drive to make a difference.

By joining the programme you will:

  • Be part of a highly talented community, exploring significant problems and developing new solutions in newly-established teams
  • Take part in inspirational visits to global hubs of industry, such as Silicon Valley
  • Engage with world-leading companies and develop a prestigious network of contacts in the UK and beyond
  • Receive a monthly stipend to cover your living costs for the first 3 months of the programme
  • Have the opportunity to pitch for £10,000 in seed funding for your new venture
  • Access mentoring opportunities with experienced entrepreneurs and experts from across the global Durham University alumni network

When and where the programme will take place

The next Durham Venture School programme will launch on 30th August 2022. The initial stage of the programme will last for three months, with the potential to continue for a further three months beyond this depending on the progress of your team.

The first three weeks of the programme (30th August to 16th September) will run exclusively from the Hazan Venture Lab, our new entrepreneurship space on campus. College accommodation will be available for this period.

From week 4 onwards, the programme will be delivered in a hybrid model, with all training taking place online and optional activity running from Hazan Venture Lab.

Who can apply

Graduates of Durham University, including students graduating in 2022, with a burning desire to make a difference in the world. You will need to be ambitious, ready to challenge your own thoughts and ideas, and willing to work as part of a team to make things happen.

Participants will be required to be on the programme on a full-time basis.

You do not need to have an idea to apply.

Further Information

See the Durham Venture School FAQs for further information on the programme.


Applications are closed for the 2022 academic year.

University student
"A support system that encourages you to show up as your full self every time, giving us room to experiment, fail, and try again."

Cohort 1 Participant
Durham Venture School