Turning ideas into action

How the Student StartUp Team can support you


If you're looking to develop entrepreneurial skills, get startup advice or build a business, there's no better place to do it than in the UK's most entrepreneurial city 2020 (Instant Offices). And we'll help you while you're at university and up to 5 years after graduation.

We offer expert advice, workshops, co-working space, networking opportunities and many useful resources. We’re here to help at no cost to you and no loss of ownership; your idea is your idea. We'll support you to create the next big thing, help others, and support yourself.


Chat with the Student StartUp Team

We run weekly appointments in-person and online where you can discuss your business idea or freelancing goals:

  • Wednesdays, 2.00pm-4.00pm
  • Fridays, 9.30am-11.30am

If these times don't work with your timetable, you can contact the team for support through


StartUp Opportunities

We provide a range of opportunities to help you develop entrepreneurial skills while you study. 


Getting started with your idea

Explore our resources, tips and advice to prepare for your business venture and help make your startup successful from the beginning.

Starting your business

Find out how to register your business and what steps you need to take before you start trading
Connected Degrees Event
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Money and funding

Get started with banking and find out what VAT, tax and insurance mean for your startup.
UoP piggybank
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Growing your business

Discover how to develop your startup, and explore the support and tools you can use.
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Northern Quarter
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Get involved with enterprise at the University

There are a variety of ways you can get involved in entrepreneurial activities while you are studying at the University of Portsmouth. 


Innovation Connect

Innovation Connect offers business support, guidance and shared office space across the city. It can also introduce you to new and exciting local companies and startups and provide access to business networks, such as the Female Entrepreneurs Network.

Discover more about Innovation Connect 


Enactus - 'Turning Interest into Action'

Enactus Portsmouth is a non-profit student-led organisation, within the University of Portsmouth and part of the wider community of Enactus UK. They aim to make a difference within the local community and wider society, by setting up social enterprises which tackle issues in and around Portsmouth. They do this by:

  • identifying issues which need tackling and carrying out assessments to find solutions to these issues.
  • building strong relationships with our communities and partnerships to ensure we tackle issues to the best of our abilities.
  • working closely with the University of Portsmouth, providing an opportunity to all and making sure student views are heard

Learn more about Enactus UK & Ireland


Entrepreneurs Society

If you’re interested in networking with like-minded students, listening to business owners’ experiences, or even starting a venture of your own - come along to the UoP Entrepreneurs Society 

If you’re a student looking to get started with the Society, email us at



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