Start up your own business

Ever dreamed of starting your own company? We can help you get on the path to becoming a business leader.

Start-up competition

If you think you’ve got a great business idea, you can put it to the test as part of our StartUp Sussex competition.

The competition runs over two terms, starting with a series of workshops. Then, six finalists write a business plan and present it to a panel. The top three get cash prizes to kickstart their business.

You can enter on your own or as part of a team, up to three years after you graduate.

Prize for social impact

If your plan is more focused on making a positive change in society, you could apply for the Social Impact Prize and win £10,000 in support to bring your idea to life.

If you’re an international student, check what visa you need to work after your studies.

New business placements

You could be one of the new graduates or placement year students taken on by the Sussex Innovation Centre each year as part of its Catalyst scheme.

Based on campus, the centre recruits between 10 and 15 people (from any of our schools) to work in its support team. You get to work on a variety of different projects across a range of industries, solving real business problems. The role gives you time to figure out what kind of career you want to pursue. It also gives you valuable business experience if you choose to blaze your own path later on.

Take a look at the Catalyst website and contact the team if you’re interested.

Careers events

Not sure if you want to start up a business or work for someone else? Check our careers events to see the range of employers out there.

Tip: Read our advice for entrepreneurs if you’re considering whether to dedicate your time to a start-up.