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Students and Alumni at Innovation Connect

We can offer you space to run your own business

Current students

Students at the University of Portsmouth who are running their own business or starting a business are entitled to free Hot Desk Membership at Halpern House.

The membership allows you:

  • Shared desk space
  • Access to the building during weekdays
  • Register your business in Companies House, HMRC and business activities

You won't be able to use the building as an employee of other businesses, you must use it for your own business purposes as we want to support you. The membership is from the beginning of the new academic year to the end of the academic year in July or until you are no longer a student at the University. Your membership can be renewed at the beginning of every academic year as long as you are still a student at UoP.

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Alumni

If you have graduated from the University in the past five years, we can offer you discounted work space at Innovation Connect to help get your business growing. The offer is for a dedicated Full Desk Membership at Halpern House.

You'll get access to:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Your own designated desk space
  • Internet access
  • 24/7 access as soon as you join
  • Use the building to register your business in Companies House, HMRC and business activities.

There will be a stepped payment structured as follows:

  • Months 1 and 2 - 100% discount £0
  • Months 3 and 4 - 75% discount £47.50 (+VAT) a month
  • Months 5 and 6 - 50% discount £95 (+VAT) a month
  • Month 7 - 25% discount £142.50 (+VAT) a month
  • Month 8 onward - 0% discount £190 (+VAT) a month

About the payment plan

You are not tied into this membership and can cancel your membership if it is no longer suitable for you, provided you give us 30 days written notice. The structured payment plan gives you the opportunity to get your business running before you have to start paying full price for the coworking desk.

Self Employed Placement (SEP)

University of Portsmouth Students can take up a Self Employed Placement (SEP) year rather than going into industry for a placement year. During the SEP, you can take up a SEP membership at Halpern House to run your business from. 

You'll have access to:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Your own designated desk space
  • Internet access
  • 24/7 access as soon as you join
  • Use the building to register your business in Companies House, HMRC and business activities.

Enquire today