Enterprise Escalator

We offer a range of services tailored to support entrepreneurs and those wanting to start up, scale up and build a business.

Thinking of starting a new business?

If you're thinking of starting your own business either during your degree or after you've graduated, we can help you. “Be The Boss” is an award winning programme of enterprise support aimed at students and graduates of the University of Derby who want to become self-employed. Find out more

Interested in a shared working space with other entrepreneurs?

For those with plans to develop their own business, in need of a space in which to work and interact with others who are on the same business start-up journey, we have our Innovation Hothouse.

Ideally located at the Enterprise Centre on Bridge Street close to the centre of Derby.There are various levels of Hothouse membership available, with the premium level including a year’s free membership to the East Midlands Chamber and access to their suite of business start-up programmes.

Along with the shared workspace including Wi-Fi, members will be also have access to the University’s Business Lounge, where you can network with business people from across the city and region. Members will also be offered technical & financial support and guidance as well as mentorship support via out Network of Entrepreneurs.

Need space for your growing business?

With a focus on employability, the University of Derby is also keen to support growing businesses and our hi-spec incubation units are the perfect place to locate your growing business. If you choose one of our business incubation units, we'll offer you stepped rental charges and a range of business support services. Depending on your business needs we've got incubation units at:

They're all entrepreneurial environments where you can explore ideas and opportunities that will enable your business to grow.

Want to find out more?

To find out more about any of these services please contact our dedicated business team.

E: businessgateway@derby.ac.uk 

T: 0800 0015500


Incubation at Banks Mill Studios

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