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Support for entrepreneurs

The Enterprise and Start-up Team can support you as you develop skills for business start-up, self-employment and innovation.

Alumni can access the following services for up to three years after graduating:

  • networking opportunities
  • guest speaker events
  • skills and business start-up workshops
  • one-to-one business advice
  • access to free start-up office space (limited availability)
  • access to internal and external mentors.

Start-up Awards

The Start-up Awards are our annual ideas competition for Cardiff University students and graduates with a total shared prize pot of £20,000 in cash and support available.

There are three entry categories to choose from:

  1. Curious Explorer is for those with a brand new idea that you’d like to develop.
  2. Freedom Seeker is for those who have a developed idea with research conducted.
  3. Go-getter is for anyone already running a business, commercial project, or freelance operation which has been trading for less than two years.

Shortlisted applicants will be expected to present their idea to a panel of judges.


  • All current Cardiff University students
  • Cardiff University graduates up to three years.

Find out more

Student Futures