Graduate Support

                 Graduate Hawa Soh, created her own food company: Fula Flavour

Our start-up support and resources are available to all graduates up to 5 years after graduation and provides free access to the following:

  • Up to £500 of funding (per business)*
  • Regular appointments with our Start-up Adviser
  • Specialist business advice as required and appropriate
  • Business related workshops
  • Free tenancy in the Hallam i-Lab for year
  • Mentoring support
  • Networking opportunities
  • Up to £500 of funding (per business)* 

*After consultation with and the agreement of the start-up adviser

Start-up bursaries for new graduates (only available to UK students)

Each summer the Enterprise Team offer a limited number of start-up bursaries to newly graduating students. We particularly welcome applications from graduates who have the ambition to set up a business venture that seeks to address social, cultural or environmental issues. No matter what your idea is, we want to hear from you! 

Applications for June 2020 will open in January 2020 but click here to register your interest.

MSc Entrepreneurship (applications welcomed from UK and international graduates)

If you are looking to combine setting up a new business venture with further academic study, then why not consider applying for the MSc Entrepreneurship degree. This one year programme will give you the opportunity to develop your venture at your own pace whilst receiving a thorough understanding in business start-up principles.  

The course will help you to:

  • develop the entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities essential for setting up a successful business
  • create a solid business proposal based on your own customer research and finance assessment
  • develop your own business networks with support from a dedicated mentor and the academic team

All teaching for this course is based in the Hallam i-Lab where you will also have access to the full range of the Enterprise Team’s support, including hot-desk facilities.  For further information on the MSc please click here.

    Start-up Visa (international graduates)

    This MSc Entrepreneurship is particularly beneficial to international graduates who intend to set up their business in the UK. You will gain a clear and invaluable insight into the issues related to trading in the UK, and it will give you the time to develop your business and prepare your Start-up Visa application. 

    The Start-up Visa provides an opportunity for international graduates with a genuine and credible business idea to establish their business in the UK. We offer up to 20 new endorsements per year under the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) Start-up Visa programme. If you receive an endorsement from the University, your visa is valid for up to 2 years from the point of issue subject to the candidate adhering to certain conditions as required by the Enterprise Team. You are eligible to apply if:

    • you are a non-EEA international graduate from Sheffield Hallam University
    • you have a genuine and credible new start-up business idea
    • this is your first attempt at setting up a business in the UK
    • you are resident in the UK at the time of your application - we do not accept applications from outside the UK
    • you do not hold a Post Study Work Visa

        We helped international graduate Gloria Chen set up her catering business

    For further information on the Start-up Visa please visit the Home Office website*.

    *Sheffield Hallam University is not responsible for the content of external websites.

    Next Steps

    • Make contact with the Enterprise Team a minimum of 4 months before graduation
    • Complete the expression of interest form 

    To find out more about all or some of our graduate support offer:

    • Come to our weekly Wednesday drop-in info session in Careers Connect anytime between 12.00 - 13.00
    • Visit us in the Hallam i-Lab at our weekly Open House Wednesday afternoons. Drop in anytime between 13.00 - 16.00. The Hallam i-Lab is a dedicated enterprise and entrepreneurial incubation space on floor 6 of Aspect Court, on Pond Hill.
    • Contact us on: 0114 225 3131 or email at:

    Use the links below to explore the Enterprise Team's full offer.

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    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 13:38