Flint 2nd October > Student entrepreneurs making their ideas happen

Student entrepreneurs making their ideas happen


What is the Sussex Innovation Centre?

The Sussex Innovation Centre is a business incubation network for entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups, headquartered on campus. Its members are ambitious companies who are innovators in their field – solving important problems in new ways. Since its foundation in 1996, it has helped more than 600 businesses of all sizes, providing them with the strategic insight to achieve high growth, and the practical resources to manage that growth sustainably.

Sussex Innovation hosts more than 180 member companies, spanning a range of sectors from the forefront of engineering and biomedical research to digital media and app development.

As a student, how can I engage with the Sussex Innovation Centre?

The StartUp Sussex and Social Impact Prize enterprise programmes take place from October to March each year. They offer Sussex students and recent graduates the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops to help develop their entrepreneurial skill. Participants are shown how to explore and validate a business idea using customer research and business modelling tools. The programme is delivered by staff from the Sussex Innovation Centre and led by Innovation Advisor, Simon Chuter.


Who can join?

Students and graduates (within the past 3 years) from all subject areas are welcome to apply. Applicants could already have an idea that they want to make happen, or simply want to learn more about thinking creatively and developing innovative business concepts.

The teams that submit the most impressive business models go through to the second phase of the programme, an intensive 8-week course to learn how to write a formal business plan and create a presentation to pitch to a Dragon’s Den style panel.

There are 3 prizes worth up to £10,000 available to the winners of Startup Sussex, which includes a cash prize, membership, mentoring and business support from the Sussex Innovation Centre and valuable PR coverage. The Social Impact Prize also awards one prize, valued at £10,000 for the best enterprise with a social focus judged to have the greatest chance of having a positive impact.

What has happened to past winners?

Two winners from 2015 have gone on to become tenants of the Centre and have rapidly grown their businesses. Nick Musto runs Native (formerly Radar), a website and app which provides a comprehensive guide to music and events. Chris O’Hare runs Hare Digital, using the latest technologies to innovate new products using the Internet of Things, make existing products ‘smart’ and provide inspiring digital experiences for customers.

Darren Tenkorang won in 2016 with his app Trim-IT, a marketplace to help guys find the best barber or stylist at the most convenient time and location. You can read an interview with Darren on the Sussex Innovation website about what an incredible time his company has had since.


Want to know more? 

Register now for the launch event - places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. It’s on Tuesday 3rd October and held in the Careers & Employability Centre in the Library. There are two timeslots – you can choose either 5pm or 6pm.

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And follow us on Twitter @Startup_Sussex @SocImpactPrize

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