Our Entrepreneurs In Residence programme
Our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) offer business start-up advice to our students, alumni or staff to launch or grow their business.
Our current team of experienced entrepreneurs and senior level business executives use their experience to help others plan, develop, network and market their new business. In return, our Entrepreneurs in Residence benefit from access to our research, events and partnerships across the University.
Read on to find out more about the our Entrepreneurs in Residence, the impact they have on our business community and how you could benefit from working with them.
Each entrepreneur offers their unique expertise, a willingness to share their experience, and all have a passion for working with our students and staff.
How Entrepreneurs in Residence help students, staff and alumni
Our Entrepreneurs in Residence help students, staff and alumni to develop business ideas and deal with the challenges of starting a new business. The entrepreneurs share their knowledge on the impact of change in the business industry and the skills needed to succeed today.
Our Entrepreneurs in Residence can mentor University startups, offer guest speaking, help academics in their research and advise groups or individuals on the early stages of business development. They also organise inspirational talks for students, help with curriculum development, and support the University’s focus on entrepreneurship.
Areas of advice include:
- Developing entrepreneurial skills
- Exploring business ideas
- Providing business startup advice
- Developing business plans
- Advising on funding
- Helping to identify markets
- Advising on commercialisation of research
- Supporting academic research
- Accessing business networks
I am thrilled to be an Entrepreneur in Residence. I envisage inspiring young women like myself to pursue their dreams, regardless of background and gender
Meet our Entrepreneurs in Residence
We currently have 39 Entrepreneurs in Residence at the University of Portsmouth. Discover their career journeys and the areas they can provide business support in by clicking the links to their full profiles.
CEO: Orean Music Limited
Professor and business angel
Ana Ambika Pindoria
Founder, Director and CEO: Hi-Juice Business Mentors
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer: Inkpact
Independent chair, human resources adviser and coach, board mentor and non-executive director
Founder at Touring Highlights
Founder and CEO: Beu and Appozon
Managing Director at AccentPOS
CEO and founder: Suada
Faz Forhad Ahmed
Restaurant owner and founder: Akash Restaurant and 'Curry by Air'
Director - Grazing With Gazelles
Founder and director: Harrie's Coffee
Founder at Farfly Media
Director: Ardmore Healthcare Ltd
CEO: Music Fusion
Director: Briscoe PR
Creative Director: Là Mo Designs
Luca Tagliaferro SEO Expert
Freelance Actor, Practitioner at Frantic Assembly, and University Tutor at Coventry University
Chief Executive Officer: The Verity Centre (15) LTD
Executive chairman and founder: The Car Finance Company
Product designer and co-founder: The Makers' Guild
UK Business Development Chef: Heura Foods (Previously Co-Founder of Mitch’s Kitchen)
Co-founder and head of sales and marketing: Party Hard Travel
Director at Pure Potential Development Ltd
CEO of URBOND
CEO: My PT Hub (Fitii Ltd)
Owner: Rachel Lowe Limited
Rebecca Beard and Kay Coombs
HR Consultant and Company Directors: Peas in a Pod Consulting Ltd
Founder: Tribal Impact
Founder: The Creative Floor and FCB Health
HR professional and owner: Mitch's Kitchen
Cofounder and Director: Carrington West
CEO at Odelle Technology
Benefits of becoming an Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneurs who join the programme can take advantage of many benefits including:
- Access to our research
- Invitations to industry, research and networking events
- The potential of new partnerships
- The energy and enthusiasm surrounding startups
I've embraced the opportunity to connect with the city, make new partnerships and generate real momentum in order to give something back to our community
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Accelerating Women's Enterprise (AWE)
Help us close the gender gap in entrepreneurship and get access to specialist training in our female-focused research, training and mentor programme.
How we can help your business
From offering our expertise and facilities, to finding office space and business support, we can help your organisation succeed.
Is your business ready to take a step forward? We have a long track record of helping businesses and startups in different markets to grow and develop.