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How to start a business with BSEEN

You have graduated within the last five years or you are currently a student. You’ve been dreaming of starting your own business since you began your studies. You’ve got the perfect idea for a business start-up.

But how do you find free business support to turn your dream into a reality?

The BSEEN business start-up service at Birmingham City University could be the business support you need. Whether it’s help perfecting your business plan or regular contact with a business mentor, the BSEEN programme makes starting your own business simple.

The Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN) is supported by the European Regional Development fund (ERDF).

Please send us an enquiry and we will contact you to discuss how we can help.

Why choose BSEEN for your business start up?

BSEEN at Birmingham City University is a twelve-month business start up service for student and graduate entrepreneurs. It will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and networks you need when starting your own business.

What’s more, as its funded by ERDF, being a member of the BSEEN business start up programme is absolutely free to eligible applicants.

When you join BSEEN, you can:

  • Receive one-to-one mentoring from business experts and specialists
  • Gain access to workspaces and business facilities across the BCU campus
  • Attend workshops and networking events
  • Access grant and funding opportunities for starting a business
  • Gain access to STEAMincubator facilities and support

Why choose BSEEN for your business start up?

BSEEN at Birmingham City University is a twelve-month business start up service for student and graduate entrepreneurs. It will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and networks you need when starting your own business.

What’s more, as its funded by ERDF, being a member of the BSEEN business start up programme is absolutely free to eligible applicants.

When you join BSEEN, you can:

  • Receive one-to-one mentoring from business experts and specialists
  • Gain access to workspaces and business facilities across the BCU campus
  • Attend workshops and networking events
  • Access grant and funding opportunities for starting a business
  • Gain access to STEAMincubator facilities and support

How will BSEEN benefit ME?

Whether you want to launch a small business locally or you aspire to be a global business leader, BSEEN business start up support will provide you with the initial business knowledge, practical skills and tools you need to springboard yourself, and your new business, successfully into your chosen market.

You will benefit from 12 months of free business start-up support, including:

  • Bootcamp: Develop your knowledge skills and business idea on our intensive five-day training programme on how to start a business
  • Business Mentor: Receive regular one-to-one business advice, tailored specifically to the needs of your business idea
  • Workspace: Access free office space, business facilities and digital connectivity across the BCU campus and within STEAMincubator
  • Networking: Meet other business start-ups and develop valuable contacts within the business world
  • Business grants and funding: Opportunities to access finance for starting a business

become a member

If you have a business start-up idea and you are currently a student at Birmingham City University or you have graduated from any UK university within the last five years and currently live within the GBSLEP region, we invite you to apply for BSEEN at BCU. Please send us an enquiry and we will contact you to discuss how we can help.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes! The Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN) service is available free of charge to all eligible candidates.

We offer this service for free because it is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), a governing body that aims to support SME growth and employability within the region.

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Other than having a great business start-up idea, you must meet the following requirements to quality for participation in the BSEEN programme…

  1. You must be a student or graduate of Birmingham City University or have graduated from any UK university within the last five years
  2. You must currently live within the GBSLEP region
  3. You start-up idea is not within retail business sector

If you have any questions regarding eligibility to this scheme, please get in touch.

Please note: International students are not able to set up a business due to VISA restrictions. International graduates will need to apply for the Tier 1 Startup VISA if accepted onto the programme.

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You will be located on site at one of Birmingham City University’s campuses. We have a number of locations that you could work from and this will be discussed with you during your meeting with one of the BSEEN advisors.

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If accepted, you will be entitled to 12 months of free business start-up support.

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"GBSLEP" stands for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. As well as Birmingham and Solihull, the region covers Lichfield, Cannock Chase, Wyre Valley, East Staffordshire, Redditch and more.

To determine if you fall within the GBSLEP region, please Click Here.

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A member of the BSEEN team will review your enquiry and be in touch shortly.

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