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Be Inspired at Staffordshire University (biSU)

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See what our previous cohort have to say about the programme beneficiary VIDEO

For full information on the scheme see below and to apply see the application form linked to the bottom of the page.


Ever had a lightbulb moment for a new idea? It can happen anywhere, any time – while you’re at Uni, work, out for a run or in the shower. Taking your idea and turning it into something tangible can be an exciting prospect. There are probably lots of questions flying around in your head: Is my idea good enough? Will I be able to do it in my free time? Do I eventually want to work for myself? Has someone done it before etc. etc.?

To help you answer these questions and get started on the road to self-employment, we have created the ‘be inspired at Staffordshire University’ (biSU) Start Up programme.

This is a resource designed to pool our experience in advising business start-up’s and our knowledge of growing small businesses to help set up your business and get it off to a flying start, avoiding the most common mistakes that most start-ups make.


Through a year long programme of support, we provide:

  • Ongoing Expert advice
  • Full initial training
  • A Business Network
  • Industry Mentoring
  • Workshops
  • Grants (reimbursement)

To help you to:

  • Find out if your idea is unique
  • Do some market research
  • Think about what type of business you wish to start
  • Put together a business plan
  • Become a successful, trading business


…we make sure you never feel like you’re on your own!

The thought of starting a business on your own can be daunting. Never be afraid to ask for guidance along the way.

Initial Chat

Give the office a call on 01785 353809 or email to make a face-to-face appointment.  This is an informal initial conversation to chat about your idea and options you have going forwards.


The application form is available here: biSU Application form or you can request a copy via email ( ).  It will not take long to complete but we are here to support you if you have any questions or would like someone to sit with you whilst you fill it in – in which case call 01785 353809 for an appointment.

Please ensure that you have had a 1-1 appointment with a member of the be inspired scheme before completing an application form. This way we can answer any questions you may have about the programme or anything else you would like to know before applying.

If you require any sort of careers advice which may include interview preparation, CV writing, career planning or work experience, please follow this link to book an appointment with one of Staffordshire University’s dedicated Careers Team.

Expert Selection Panel

The panel will be made up of a few experts who can provide you with initial advice and guidance and to assess whether the biSU programme is the best solution for you. At your panel meeting you will have the opportunity to discuss your idea fully and chat about what you have done up to that point.

Within a week the biSU team will inform you if you have secured a place on the full biSU programme and provide you with the panels feedback.

Start your Venture

If you are selected for a place on the full biSU start up scheme you will be contacted with all the activity dates and times and the beneficiary contract.  Once this is signed and returned you will then join a cohort of new start-ups at the two day Business Start Up induction.  Following the induction you will choose your industry mentor and gain access to your Business Start Up Grant.

The biSU team will see you regularly and you will join a business network and attend monthly, evening business talks which, along with your industry mentor, will keep you on track to becoming a successful business owner.


One year following your start on the project you will ‘graduate’.   You will be provided with a certificate at your cohorts graduation ceremony followed by the after party. This is a great celebration day for everyone on your cohort and the biSU staff ;0)

Post-Project Support

Even though you have graduated from the programme, you can continue to receive advice, guidance, funding links and networking support from us for as long as you need us…even if its just for a catch up chat :0)


Our knowledge and experience of helping to grow small businesses makes us well placed to advise start-ups. We offer an independent and objective assessment of your business proposal to ensure you have the best chance of success.

  • We help you to build a strong customer proposition, which creates natural differentiation from your competitors and makes it easier for you to attract new customers.
  • You have access to our key resources and guidance on how to make the most of them, helping you to save time and money with your business set up.

Our continuous analysis of the small business sector means that we are alert to changes and developments in different market sectors and we advise you of any suitable opportunities which we come across.


Your business is important and to get the maximum benefit from the scheme, the following dates are compulsory. There will also be a mid-year review in January 23rd &24th 2020 and a graduation on the 8th June 2020.

We also have business workshops/networking every month. These run in the evening, beginning at 6:00pm and finishing around 8.00pm.

This page will be regularly updated when new dates are confirmed.

Application Deadline  Midnight 7th June 2019
Notification of Interview 10th June 2019 (A date will be provided based on full attendance and qualification at pre-panel)
1 Day Project Induction 9am-5pm 14th June 2019
Interviews 20 minute slot 17th-21st June 2019
Notification of Outcome 24th June 2019
Being In Business‘ Workshops (Induction)  2 full Days (9am-5pm) 17th & 26th July 2019
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