Inspiring the next generation of Entrepreneurs with our Start Up Business Hub Programme

Inspiring the next generation of Entrepreneurs with our Start Up Business Hub Programme

Introducing the Start Up Business Hub Programme! An innovative 10 week programme provided to Sheffield College students that pledges to share commercial know-how and expertise with the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs!

By mentoring students on an ongoing basis we will help students completing the Start Up Business Hub Programme making sure they are equipped with the valuable skills to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.


Students can apply to take part in the programme as an additional option, and they

complete it alongside their main college course.The most recent cohort began the programme just last week at the end of march. The students will receive support over the 10 week programme with developing their business plans.

The Start Up Business Hub Programme is part of the College’s employer skills academies that equip students with the qualifications and skills employers need. During this particular programme, Sheffield Technology Parks will provide the students with support in many important entrepreneurial areas!  


Topics covered include:

  • Generating business ideas 

  • Creating a business plan, 

  • Brand Identity,

  • Marketing Strategies 

  • Sales, Networking & Pitching

  • Investment & Finance.

From each group of students taking part, five will be selected to present their ideas to

a panel of business experts in a Dragons’ Den style event at Sheffield Technology

Parks, which is home to some of the city’s newest digital businesses.

The winning student from each cohort will receive £1000 worth of credit for STP

services including co-working and meeting rooms. They will also receive mentoring

and peer support through Sheffield Technology Parks’ Cooper Project for six whole months to get their business off the ground!

Rachel Topliss, Head of Employer Engagement  at The Sheffield College has said: “This is

an amazing opportunity for our students who aspire to go further with setting up their

own business.” She added: “Taking part in the Start Up Business Hub Programme develops

students’ professional skills as well as their business ideas, and we would like to

thank Sheffield Technology Parks for their support.”

Our own Tom Wolfenden,CEO will personally be providing mentorship during the programme and has added: “Being able to demonstrate entrepreneurship as a viable career option to students is a vital part of activating our future economy.” He added: “The ideas and enthusiasm of the students is inspiring, and we hope to support them with our varied experience of working with some of Sheffield’s brightest and innovative businesses through our Cooper Project incubator programme.”

This is truly a fantastic initiative which we hope will drive students to feel empowered and confident to take their ideas forward and develop them, whilst being supported in every step of the way.

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