Do you want to discover if your business idea could work? Do you want to know how to embed ethical and responsible practices in your new business? Are you looking for partners? Whatever your aspirations, ASPIRE, our Accelerator Space for Innovation and Responsible Enterprise can help.

Be inspired with ASPIRE

ASPIRE welcomes student innovators and entrepreneurs to its high-quality facilities. We have created an environment that encourages creativity, where you can work independently or with others to bring your ideas to life.

As part of Kent Business School, we are able to draw on the School’s latest research in innovation and enterprise to help accelerate the progress of your ideas. We help you to develop entrepreneurial skills and can put you in touch with mentors and investors.

The Business Start-up Journey

Go on our Business Start-up Journey and transform your idea into a business.

Business Start-up student
Discover how the Business Start-up Journey could help you (view transcript)

The Business Start-up Journey, an inspirational 12-week programme, provides a step-by-step guide to starting a business. Working alongside other student entrepreneurs in our purpose-built facilities in the ASPIRE lab, you can test the strength of your idea and develop it until it is a fully rounded proposal.

You learn how to assess risk, turn challenges into opportunities and develop leadership, communication, presentation and teamworking skills. Great skills to have in whatever career you choose to follow.

The Business Start-up Journey is a standalone programme, additional to your degree studies.

Quote Jaye Graham

Business Start-up student

In the mentoring session I was given invaluable advice, including what I could do to develop my idea further.

Jaye Graham Business Start-up Journey 2017 award winner

Gain entrepreneurial skills

Kent Business School also offers modules in entrepreneurship and enterprise that you can take as part of your degree programme. Taught by experts and aligned with ASPIRE and the Business Start-up Journey, they give you an understanding of the essential principals as well as practical advice on how to put those into action.

ASPIRE labs

ASPIRE’s open-plan workplace in the Sibson building has been specially designed to provide a collaborative working environment. Our labs provide a flexible space, where you can work quietly on a business case for a potential investor, rehearse that vital pitch with your partners, or take advantage of the resources we provide. ASPIRE is open to you at any time of day.

Students working in the Atrium of the Sibson Building
Our modern study environment promotes collaborative working

Come and meet us

ASPIRE drop-ins are the easiest way to meet with us to discuss your start-up idea. If you need advice on identifying your market, planning your entry or projecting incomes and expenditures, we can help.

Come and meet us on the first floor of the new Sibson building or book an appointment with the Entrepreneur in Residence.

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Research

At ASPIRE, through targeted research, we intend to build on our current success to create a centre for entrepreneurial best practice. Working with academic staff at Kent Business School, we can put their latest research findings into practice, and so further develop the reputation of ASPIRE and Kent Business School as an internationally renowned centre for high-quality research in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Yes you can!

At ASPIRE, we help you to develop the confidence to move from ideas person to business person.

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