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A vibrant community of Entrepreneurs called The Green Room

Join The Green Room and be the first to find out about enterprise opportunities, challenges, competitions, support after graduation while meeting like-minded students in this Microsoft Team forum.

Being part of an engaging community gives us a sense of belonging.

When starting your business you need great contacts, ways to get recognition, and information on ways to access funding but also a community of people like you that can understand you.  The Green Room is an entrepreneurial community that intentionally acts to cultivate and support entrepreneurs like you. Join and discover events, resources, competitions and useful information that will get your business idea from the ground up and running! Read below for some available support now via The Green Room

Join exciting enterprise competitions:

Have a great business idea and want to prove it?

A number of UK and international organisations offer business awards and competitions which enable you to compete for financial prizes and support. Competitions are a great way to get involved with enterprise and to test your skills. They provide you with a platform to demonstrate your business idea, an opportunity for invaluable feedback from industry experts and a chance to gain a better understanding of what it will take to make your idea a successful one.

You will be required to demonstrate a wide range of employability skills such as:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Research and development
  • Financial awareness
  • Presentation skills.

Don’t miss out: ‘Test the market’ and take advantage of the large number of national business competitions which run throughout the year and take part in student competitions

Take part in our enterprise programmes:

Design Your Future programme: In collaboration with Santander, this programme will consist of 10 sessions delivered over 10 weeks. Each session will be delivered by an industry professional virtually. This HEAR Accredited programme will take you on a journey from idea to the final pitch. There will be an opportunity for you to pitch your idea to win the following prizes: 1st Prize - £4000, 2nd Prize - £2000, 3rd Prize - £1000.

We will also have funding in place to help you register your business with Companies House at the end of the programme, as well as the opportunity to apply for seed funding.

Sustainability challenges and competitions: The University of Liverpool Careers and Employability team regularly run sustainability challenges such as the Global Sustainability Challenge. Search sustainable challenges or competitions on the Handshake jobs section and discover all available programmes for you. 

Discover support after graduation: 

There's lots of support available for graduates interested in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Graduates are able to access the following support in relation to enterprise and entrepreneurial education:

  • Enterprise Start-Up Fund (up to the value of £5,000 depending on business need and eligibility)
  • Design Your Future 10-week programme for graduates with start-up ambitions
  • Specialist enterprise programmes with a focus on sustainability, join the Green Room to be the first to find out more about these opportunities
  • Access to the Green Room, an online community for students and alumni to share enterprise ideas, connect to like-minded individuals and gain access to external opportunities (which may or may not be ring-fenced to the University of Liverpool)
  • Short courses, e.g. podcasting and presenting, documentary making, etc. (for courses with limited spaces this will be opened to current students in the first instance)
  • Access to webinars (crowdfunding masterclasses)
  • Webpages highlighting national competitions/challenges/resources
  • Sign up for monthly enterprise newsletters featuring specialist advice, recommendations and opportunities.

Access support for international graduates:

International graduates are able to apply for the Tier 1 Start-Up Visa. If accepted you are able to access all of the above plus one-to-one business mentoring. Find out more about the Tier 1 Start-Up Visa here.


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