Enterprise Support

Be The Boss

“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.

Through a combination of action planning, one-to-one support provided by experienced business advisers, a series of workshops and other activities, you’ll be able to develop the skills you need to confidently set up and run your own new business. 

Click on the video below to hear from some of our previous participants as they share their journey from business idea to start-up. 

Be The Boss

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By participating in the “Be The Boss” programme you’ll benefit from:

In order to apply for the “Be The Boss” programme you must be a student or recent graduate i.e. have graduated within the last 3 years and have never registered a business/social enterprise.

You must also be able to participate and complete each of the planned activities and the necessary paperwork.

Be The Boss video

The following industry sectors are not supported by the "Be The Boss" programme. These include:

Find out more about the successes of our graduates in setting up their own businesses via Be The Boss (pdf. 13MB)

Apply now, or to find out more about the programme please call us on 01332 591945 or email betheboss@derby.ac.uk.

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Alana Barker Case Study

Alana Barker enrolled onto the Be The Boss programme whilst studying her fashion degree. Alana has since landed a deal in which she will be the only UK supplier of cutting edge Japanese label Liz Lisa

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