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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 delivered in partnership by BCU and Aston University and membership is absolutely free to eligible applicants.

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.

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

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

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 BCU within the last five years and you currently live within the GBSLEP region, we invite you to apply for BSEEN.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this service free of charge?

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

Am I eligible to use this service?

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 (graduated within the last five years)
  2. You must currently live within the GBSLEP region
  3. You start-up idea is not within property sector

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

Please note:  As an international applicant, you will need to either need to be pursuing the Graduate Visa or Innovator Founder Visa. Current International Students are not eligible to apply. Please contact your respective university for more information on this process.

Where will I be based if I am accepted onto the BSEEN programme?

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.

How long will I receive support for?

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

What is "GBSLEP" and how do I check if I live within this region?

“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.

I've made an enquiry, what next?

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