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Enterprise is about having ideas, doing something about them and developing a set of skills to help you approach problems creatively and make the most of a situation.

The skills and knowledge can be transferred to your studies, your future employment and your everyday life. Entrepreneurs draw upon these skills to start, run and grow a business. We have a vibrant student-led enterprise society and excellent links to the local and national business support community. Our enterprising and entrepreneurial graduates have helped to found and create many businesses, such as the Fairtrade Movement, Gumtree, Aardman Animations, The Eden Project and Hawk-Eye.

Discover your creative talents through our enterprise workshops, Start-up Academy, Business Clinic and annual competitions, and take advantage of kick-start funding for student start-ups.

An exciting entrepreneurial environment

Durham has a very active award-winning entrepreneurial society that students can join free of charge.

Entrepreneurs Durham is dedicated to building a like-minded community of individuals. Through exciting and innovative events, it aims to develop enterprising skills of its members and cultivate a supportive environment for those wishing to set up a business. Visit for further information

"Entrepreneurial skills are very useful for graduates. If you can demonstrate starting a business or even just making a business plan, you are instantly showing a drive for success and creativity to your potential employer. Not to mention, that if you start a business that takes off you might be able to work for yourself!"

Andrew Lilley, Business and Management graduate.
Winner of the Bluerprint Enterpise Challenge.