If you want to set up your own business you'll need an original idea, hard work, determination and expert advice.
Support from within the University
The University of Nottingham's Ingenuity Lab, part of the The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HGI), helps undergraduates and postgraduates learn about enterprise and build their entrepreneurial skills.
Visit the Ingenuity Lab website
If you have a business idea that you want to take forward, you may be interested in entering Ingenuity18, the University's entrepreneurship competition with a prize fund of over £100,000.
Find out more about Ingenuity18
Nottingham Advantage Award
If you have an idea that you would like to turn into a business, you may be interested in taking the Student Venture Challenge, an accredited module.
Visit the Nottingham Advantage Award
The Ingenuity Lab and HungryPanda
Kelu Liu with Sir David Greenaway.
Kelu Liu first came up with the idea of HungryPanda, a new takeaway food concept, in 2016. SInce the launch, they have established an office at The Ingenuity Centre and expanded into five UK cities.
HungryPanda also won the prestigious Ingenuity17 Vice-Chancellor's Entrepreneurial Potential Prize worth £10,000.
"The Ingenuity Lab has been really supportive in helping me build the skills I need to run, and be part of, an international business. My key message to anyone wanting to join The Ingenuity Lab is 'success cannot be copied'. The Ingenuity Lab provides you with the support and advice to grow your career skills and develop your business, but it is down to you to use those opportunities and create your own, unique success story."
Kelu Liu, BSc Jt Hons Computer Science and Management (2016)
Advice and support
The British Franchise Association (BFA)
Learn about franchising and attend seminars covering how to buy one
Video on setting up your own business
Graduate guide to contracting work
Business support for female entrepreneurs
Magazine of PCG, the professional body of freelancing
Government information on starting your own business, with practical advice
National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
Investment for young businesses to encourage development
Nottingham Business Venture
Training scholarships and financial support
Prospects - Self-Employment
Information on how and why to choose self employment
Supporting women to start and develop their own business
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB)
Information on setting up businesses for blind or partially sighted people
Government-funded service to support entrepreneurs and small start-ups
Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE)
Aimed at rural female entrepreneurs