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The Scholarship

Our students are the professionals of the future, making important and valued contributions to society. In these tough economic times with high levels of job uncertainty, research is finding that more of our students and graduates are considering starting their own business; and leading economists are reporting that the best way for us to stimulate our economy is to encourage small business growth to increase job creation but, more importantly, to improve the supply chain for larger companies.

We think it is important to support such enterprising, entrepreneurial graduates, who have a determination to succeed and realistic business ideas, in those vital first stages of start-up when so many new businesses fail.

With this in mind our Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Slee, is leading a scholarship specifically aimed at helping newly graduated students to start-up their own businesses and support them through their first year of trading.

The Enterprise Scholars' businesses will be housed in our business incubator, which increases the chances of a company still trading after their first year from 50% to 95%.

How does it support students

The winners will develop their business ideas with the support of the Leeds Beckett University Business start-up team and space at Leeds Beckett University’s business incubator QU2.

Each winner will receive up to £3,000 worth of funding to help with essential start-up support including (but not limited to):

  • Hot desk and meeting space at our business incubator QU2 and Old Broadcasting House Enterprise Hub
  • Equipment and marketing costs at launch
  • City centre business address
  • Entry to Business start-up workshops/boot camp
  • Dedicated business advisors and mentors
  • Work shadowing and placements with successful early stage businesses
  • Profiling and networking opportunities

The selection process

In 2013 we received 25 applications from our students and alumni. Following a Dragons Den style Pitch from the shortlist of nine, the panel headed by our Vice Chancellor Prof. Susan Price allocated three scholarships to impressive candidates.

The winners Morgan Dowler, Matthew Pawley and Karen Vera all had with very different business ideas, covering specialist underwear for breast cancer patients, software systems and legal services.

Apply now

If you're interested in applying for a Vice Chancellor's Enterprise Scholarship find out more via our Employability & Graduates web pages.