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Do you want to develop a business idea or launch a start-up? Are you interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation? Then ASPIRE, the University-wide space for entrepreneurship and start-ups is here for you.

Be inspired with ASPIRE

Our ASPIRE labs at Medway and Canterbury offer a unique and exciting entrepreneurial education via informal drop in sessions and our Business Start-up journey. They also support our Selfie Year students.

We have two dedicated ASPIRE spaces on the Canterbury and Medway campuses. They are designed to inspire and encourage creativity and can be used by students from any course at the University of Kent.

The Global Goals

ASPIRE takes inspiration from the Global Development Goals 

The Business Start-up Journey

Bring your ideas to life in a 15-week extra curricular programme that ends with a Dragons Den style pitching competition. 

a photo of the winners of last year's Business Start Up Journey

Lorenzo Chinole and Simona Paraskevopoulou developed Plantix – a plant self-watering device winning the Business Start Up Journey final in 2022.

The Business Start-up Journey, an inspirational 15-week programme, provides a step-by-step guide to starting a business. Working alongside other student entrepreneurs test the strength of your idea and develop it into a 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.

Nadia Simpson

Being a part of the Business Start-Up Journey has helped me find my motivation and got my business moving.

Nadia Simpson Business Start-up Journey Finalist & Entrepreneur

ASPIRE Drop In Sessions

If you need advice on any aspect of starting a business – from market research, projecting incomes and costs to marketing and web – we can help at our drop in sessions that run from 09:00 to 17:00 every weekday. 

Come and meet us on the first floor of the Sibson building and on ME-7 at the Medway Building. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence. 

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Students working in the Atrium of the Sibson Building

Our modern study environment promotes collaborative working

ASPIRE labs

ASPIRE’s open-plan workspace in the Sibson and at the Medway Building have 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.

Sam Cornelius successfully Launched a clothing brand on his Selfie Year

Sam Cornelius (above) successfully launched a clothing brand during his Selfie Year 

Do it Yourself - with a Selfie Year

Instead of a Year in Industry why not opt for a Selfie Year?  

Using your placement year to launch your own start up enterprise, you will be supported by ASPIRE’s entrepreneurial staff via regular sessions and activities.  

Selfie Year students will earn a salary that is similar to Year in Industry options. 

Naveed received a Start Up visa to launch

Start-up Visas

For new entrepreneurs seeking to establish a business in the UK for the first time, we offer a route into successful start-up with our Start-up Visa option. Those who are eligible and fit the criteria could receive 24 months to develop and launch a business alongside support and guidance from ASPIRE.

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