Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Self employment

Self employed woman working from home packaging parcels to ship

If you want to set up your own business you'll need an original idea, hard work, determination and expert advice.

The university has a history of enterprising students and alumni developing successful businesses in a variety of sectors. Find out what support is available to you and get started. 

Nellie Khossousi

The Lab has been a great way for me to meet other entrepreneurs, access expert advice on my business plan and also think about the legal side of things. I feel inspired and motivated, being part of an incredible community from all around the world. I am happy that I can still feel connected to the University of Nottingham.

Nellie Khossousi, BSc (Hons) Economics graduate

Third Culture Nellie 

Read more about Nellie and her business


Support for UoN students

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.

If you have an interest in business, whether it’s a commercial venture or a social enterprise, the Ingenuity Lab there to support you to create products and services that are not only fit for purpose, but also offer a different perspective and approach.

Visit the Ingenuity Lab website

Read Ava Neilson's blog post 'From graduate to entrepreneur'


Where can I find support beyond university?


Where can I find support for my social enterprise idea?

Social enterprises are businesses set up to tackle a social and/or environmental need. The profits are then used to further the social and environmental goals of the business. Social enterprises operate across a wide range of industries and sectors.

For more information and support look at the Social Enterprise Coalition website and read their guide on starting a social enterprise


Organisations offering advice and support


Careers and Employability Service

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