BETA Enterprise Programme

The BETA Enterprise Programme aims to improve students’ entrepreneurial abilities by providing a comprehensive programme of support for their business ideas. The programme provides free pre start-up and start-up support for students at Plymouth University via the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre. 

Aims

The BETA Enterprise Programme gives current students the opportunity to improve their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills through the development of a business idea in a supportive environment alongside their course studies. BETA Enterprise provides students with a clear programme of support to help them grow and develop their business idea from formation to creation providing mentoring from a variety of business experts along the way. The program acts as an integral part of their University experience and parallels the opportunities that exist within work-based placements. Students receive training in the form of interactive workshops, guest lectures, networking events and access to a variety of internal and external resources to give them the best chance of generating an income from their experimental business.   

Application process

To join the programme and access the support available you need to request an application form from Amber Strong. Once the application has been reviewed and your idea is appropriate then you will be invited to an induction meeting with the Futures team to discuss the next steps. 

Eligibility

Due to the restrictions on student visas, applicants seeking funding through the BETA Enterprise programme must be UK citizens. Tier 4 visa holders do not qualify for this fund as their visa conditions state they cannot receive public funds. Funding is dependent on: individual support from the student’s faculty, the student passing all their modules and the student abiding by University obligations i.e. all payment of university fees are up to date. You must be a full-time or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate student of Plymouth University. If you do not meet this criteria please take advantage of other support offered through the University.

What is provided on the programme?

One-to-one mentoring and support

You will be provided with a business mentor who will support and guide you in the development of your business idea. This mentor may be a University expert, an entrepreneur or a member of the Plymouth business community.

Fortnightly meetings between you and your mentor are highly recommended, where you will agree outcomes, develop action plans and agree to take these points forward.

Workshops

You will be signed up to a comprehensive programme of workshops, guest lectures and networking events which can help turn your business idea into a viable trading entity. These events will run from November till June each academic year.

Pitching and funding

Once you have developed your business idea then you will pitch to a panel for the chance to receive funding of up to £1,500 for your business idea. The panel will provide feedback on your business idea and provide recommendations on what further support you and your business idea should take from the programme. They will also either agree or decline your funding bid.

The funding can be used to purchase: materials and products needed for your business, incubation space, training and professional courses, insurance, legal fees, registration of the business.

The funding cannot be used for: payment for your own time.

The BETA Enterprise programme runs from October to June each academic year.

Free one-to-one business mentoring

Your BETA Enterprise business mentor will support and guide you in the development of your business idea.

45 minute business mentoring sessions are available every Wednesday afternoon during term time between October and May. Weekly meetings between you and your mentor are recommended but are up to the student to book.

Students may book BETA Enterprise business mentoring slots by emailing Amber Strong.

Pitch to the BETA Enterprise Panel for a £1500 business start-up grant

The funding can be used to purchase: materials and products needed for your business, incubation space, training and professional courses, insurance, legal fees and registration of the business.

The funding cannot be used for: payment for your own time.

Check eligibility criteria or contact Amber Strong for more details.

Business Plan Hackathon

The annual BETA Enterprise Business Plan Hackathon assists student's development of their business ideas and fine tuning of their business plans. Students bring their business plan drafts and work on their plans. A variety of business experts are available on the day to offer advice to students about their business ideas and business plans.

Find out more by emailing Amber Strong.

Gain points towards your Plymouth Award with BETA Enterprise

  

Take part in a combination of BETA Enterprise workshops, business mentoring, networking and pitching events to gain points towards your Plymouth Award.

Learn more about the Plymouth Award.

Sign up to a comprehensive programme of events which can help turn your business idea into a viable trading entity. These events will run from October until June.

Find out about the latest events and register to attend at Eventbrite* or by emailing Amber Strong


*Please note that this event is available to book online through Eventbrite. Eventbrite is a third-party data capture tool which is not owned or managed by Plymouth University. Information about how your data is treated can be found on Eventbrite’s Privacy Policy webpage. If you wish to attend this event but do not wish to use Eventbrite to book your place, please contact the organiser directly. 

Networking with the Entrepreneurs Club

Expand your network, meet proactive students and local business professionals at the monthly Regus Entrepreneurs Club with BETA Enterprise in Drake Circus’s Regus Express (top floor).

2nd Thursday of the month, 5.30-7.30pm

Ask the experts at the Board You Can’t Afford

Contact Amber Strong for the latest business networking opportunities.