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Taking part in enterprise activities not only builds skills, but also explores entrepreneurial potential.

Students are invited to discover creative talents through our enterprise workshops and annual business plan competitions, and take advantage of kick-start funding for student business start ups. 

"We are committed to enterprise and entrepreneurship, with excellent links to the business community.Our student-led enterprise socieites are very succesful. Durham graduates have helped to to found the Fairtrade Movement and created Aardman Animations, The Eden Project and Hawk Eye."

Paul Hawkins (pictured left), Natural Sciences graduate, Founder of Hawk-Eye International.

"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.

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 enterprising skills of its members and cultivate a supportive environment for those wishing to set up a business. Visit for further information

Enactus Durham is a society for students who want to get actively involved in projects that empower people in need by using business and entrepreneurial ideas. Projects range from working with local people looking for work, to international schemes that can change the lives of an entire community.

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