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Durham University



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.

These 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.

You can 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 two very active award-winning entrepreneurial societies 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 the enterprising skills of its members and cultivate a supportive environment for those wishing to set up a business. Visit for further information

Enactus Durham’s mission is to transform lives through sustainable innovation.

This is at the heart of all of their projects, delivered locally and internationally, as they look to not just improve and empower lives for the now, but for the future.

By joining Enactus Durham, students have the opportunity to:

  • Create and implement real social projects, improving the lives of people around the world
  • Develop a range of key entrepreneurial skills
  • Represent the University at the National Expo which takes place in London each year
  • Demonstrate your skills and connect with high profile graduate recruiters
  • Gain leadership experience by taking on a committee position.

You can find out more about the team and its current projects on the Enactus Durham Website

"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.