Startup & Support

Student Enterprise offer our support, guidance and activity to all students and graduates of up to 3 years. To access any of the support below, or to connect to a member of our team directly please contact us on any of the below methods!

Email us:

Tweet us: @EnterpriseUSW

Or call a member of our team on the numbers listed on the staff profiles below. 

For information on the Startup Stiwdio (Cardiff Incubator) please redirect to the page here.

Need a sounding board for your ideas?  Some input to help take your business to the next stage? Wherever you are at with your business or idea, the Student Enterprise Team is happy to meet you on a one-to-one basis and offer guidance. 

We can meet you in-person for a Business Surgery at any of the university campuses, or alternatively we can offer support by telephone or Skype. 

We can also link you into the wealth of support that is available to start-up businesses in Wales including:

Big Ideas Wales: Entrepreneurship support from under 25’s

Business Wales: offering support to all new and existing businesses which includes the business sector fact sheets, free online BOSS workshops and Business planning information to help you build your knowledge and your business.

Princes Trust: Offers start-up support for 18-30 year olds. 

HRMC -  Once you’ve set up your business, you must register as self employed with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  HMRC has loads of really useful information on setting up a business, including an e-learning package called Starting in Business

IPSE – Support for freelancers and the self employed

Be My Board

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely place.  Friends and family tell you what you want to hear, but not necessarily what you need to hear – do you need an experienced sounding board to solve some of the challenges you face as a new entrepreneur?


Be My Board can be a business game changer, allowing you to share your dreams and fears with a panel of experts and entrepreneurs so you can benefit from their wisdom.  This will help keep you focused, motivated and help you to set clear goals for your start-up.


How does it work?

You will be allocated a 1-hour slot, where you are able to present your challenges or areas you would like guidance and the ‘board’ will bring new input to the table and offer valuable context.


The board members will come from a variety of backgrounds, with different skills and expertise available to optimise your success and growth of you as an individual and your business.


Pre-start entrepreneurs

When: September 2019

Location: Cardiff


New and existing entrepreneurs

When: November 2019

Location: Newport

International Students

If you are an overseas graduate or student approaching the end of your degree, you may be eligible to access the Start-up Visa (Tier 1) scheme, allowing you to start a business in the UK after graduation.


Details of the USW Endorsement Scheme and Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here