The Cube

Business creation and growth service for students

Start your entrepreneurial journey with The Cube. We will support you from the beginning, from just an idea. The Cube services are open students and alumni from all schools, at all levels of study.

We offer advice, funding and support at every stage of your entrepreneurial journey. Our expert team can help you take your business or social enterprise from your first innovative seed of an idea and help you grow and sustain it.

The activities and support we offer are designed just for you, so that you can further develop both your creative skills and business acumen to maximise your future career, be your own boss or perform well in a modern workplace to get that promotion.

What we offer

  • Join bespoke expert run workshops and events designed for you by experienced entrepreneurs who have ‘been there, done that’ and want to share their knowledge with you so you can run your own business… well.
  • Drop in sessions offering quick answers to your business start-up questions and making sure you get that expert support and advice on your business.
  • Business start-up and support appointments, meet that expert from HR, Law or a business adviser to provide you with the answers you need to move your business forward.
  • Professional Entrepreneurial Mentoring Programme - experts sharing their practical advice on overcoming the hurdles involved in setting up in business.
  • Business challenges and competitions with incredible prizes, The Apprentice, Pizza and Pitch, Flux and many more.
  • Funding and finance support to develop potential business ideas into reality.


The Cube: business events for students and graduates

We've organised a series of events to support students and graduates to become budding entrepreneurs and to start up their own businesses.

Find out more and book your place today

Advice and support 1:1 appointments

Business Start-up and Self Employment

If you already have a business idea and have explored our online resources, you may be ready to speak with a business start-up adviser.
The adviser can provide advice on setting up and running a business or social enterprise and can offer practical advice and constructive feedback on your business plan as well as connect you to funding, investment and new learning opportunities.

At your first meeting, you will be asked to describe your idea and its commercial potential, and to describe your current circumstances and aspirations.
Book a meeting and get your business or social venture off the ground with help from one of our experienced advisers.

Book an appointment at myCareer

Mentoring and support

The Cube offers a Professional Entrepreneurial Mentoring Programme 

Our mentors are a mix of Alumni who are entrepreneurs, business experts and local business professionals, passionate about their specialist area. They volunteer their time to help you by sharing their practical advice on overcoming the hurdles involved in setting up and developing a business.

There is an application process to ensure that we match you with a mentor with skills to meet your needs and progression through the programme will be tracked through the myCareer site.

You can join the programme at any time throughout the year and access six months of mentoring support.

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Useful information, training resources and funding for start-ups

We've compiled a list of resources to help you take the first steps towards building your venture with confidence. The resources listed are from trusted sources we know and recommend.

Wright Hassall offer a helpful guide with explanations and details of the various ways to fund your start-up.

Business start-up success stories

The Cube team believe that people are inspired from other's examples. That’s why we work closely with our students and graduates to understand their particular idea, needs, and aspirations for starting a business and we provide advice, resources, training and support. 

Read the success stories of University of Plymouth students and graduates who have used our services and of which we are extremely proud. Get inspired to make your business idea come to life with our support!

Business engagement

The Cube team are always looking to work with businesses or individuals who can help to inspire our students and further their entrepreneurial spirit. Whether you can help us with a financial donation / sponsor towards competition prizes or simply by offering your time and expertise, we would be grateful to hear from you.

Our students really value interacting with successful business owners so we would love to hear from you however you want to get involved.

Email us at: thecube@plymouth.ac.uk

Workshops and programmes

The Cube offers offer a range of workshops and events designed to challenge and run by our experienced expert entrepreneurs. These events and workshops are aimed to support and advise you in the running of your own business and will certainly help you explore and develop your business and personal skills. 

To view and book your place visit MyCareer

Enterprise Summer School

The Enterprise Summer School is an intense three-day introduction to the world of enterprise. The event is open to past and present students from the University of Plymouth Led by experts, the Enterprise Summer School provides you with the tools, guidelines and support you need to successfully start a business or social enterprise. The programme is easy to grasp, interactive, fun and will help you to succeed

Find out more

Self-employment and freelancing

Self-employment is when an individual: 

  • works for themselves instead of (or alongside) working for an employer that pays a salary or a wage through the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) PAYE online service.
  • is responsible for paying their own taxes and national insurance contributions.
Learn more about becoming self-employed and freelancing

You may also be interested in the information, advice and guidance available to Plymouth students and graduates from our Careers Service.

 

Disclaimer: Please note: The Cube at University of Plymouth does not recommend or endorse any particular loan or service. Please think carefully before deciding to take on a loan or service which would incur a financial commitment or penalty.