Being enterprising isn’t all about becoming the next Richard Branson. Enterprise is a cultural mindset where you, as an individual, develop skills that allow you to be creative, innovative and flexible in a rapidly changing economy.
You could learn how to start up your own company.
It is about stretching yourself to your limit and experiencing first hand what you are capable of. This will help you develop the leadership attributes needed to succeed in the future– whatever you choose to do.
Student Enterprise at the University of Southampton aims to encourage, foster and build capability in innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Whether you want to get inspired, get involved or simply get some advice, Student Enterprise will provide you with the support you need.
Get Inspired by Enterprise
The University of Southampton offers you many unique opportunities to get involved in our active enterprise community, example opportunities include:
- Career Destinations run a number of workshops, events and opportunities for students of all years and subjects interested in Enterprise. Whether you want to develop your Enterprise skills or craft your own business, Student Enterprise will help and support you
Becoming a member of Fish on Toast – Entrepreneurs Society, who provide regular sessions to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and equip members with the necessary skills, contacts and resources. Sessions range from successful entrepreneurs sharing their top tips to interactive workshops designed to help spark that elusive big idea.
Join the Enactus Southampton team. Enactus Southampton is a University supported initiative, which is part of a global competition. The Enactus student team works locally, nationally and internationally to deliver projects that create new business opportunities for people and communities all over the world. Our Enactus team have won the UK National competition three times since 2011, and came second in the World Cup Competition Final in 2013.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a worldwide event and during this time the University of Southampton run a number of activities and competitions for our students.
- Take Off: The University of Southampton Entrepreneurship Competition is open to all students and has a fantastic line-up of speaker events that will all help you formulate and pitch your business ideas for a share of £50,000.
A number of our enterprise events can also gain you points towards your Graduate Passport, the University of Southampton’s achievement record which helps you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market.
Global Spin Outs
The University of Southampton has a global reputation for commercialising our research into successful business ventures.
Since 2000, the University has produced thirteen successful spin-out companies, four of which have floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AiM) of the London Stock Exchange with a combined market capitalisation value of £180 million. They are the oil exploration company Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping (OHM), the asthma research company, Synairgen, the fibre laser manufacturer, SPI Lasers (now Trumpf) and most recently Ilika, a materials discovery company.
In 2007, an influential report confirmed the University’s global status as one of the top entrepreneurial universities. The Library House report drew favourable comparisons between the Universities of Southampton, Stanford and Cambridge, placing Southampton in the top 3 worldwide for the quality of our spin-out companies.