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Be Inspired at Staffordshire University (biSU)

biSU is a start-up programme offering 12 months of support to help budding business owners with ideas to start and grow a commercial venture.

Since 2001, the programme has worked with almost 700 businesses with a sustainability rate (surviving 3 years or more) of 80%. biSU takes participants on a journey that transforms individuals into successful business owners with the ability to confidently navigate the world of business.

Over 12 months, participants will benefit from a 3 day ‘business basics’ induction, followed by regular meetings with industry mentors, industry-led specialist business workshops and business networking opportunities.

The programme also offers access to online resources to support personal & professional development and personalised legal documentation software. A qualified and experienced team of business advisers provides information, advice and guidance to participants throughout the programme.

To get businesses up and running biSU provides a £3,000 tax free grant and access to additional growth investment opportunities.

Who can apply?

This programme is open to Staffordshire based Graduates (of any University) with EU/ UK residency. The project cannot support direct retail business ideas.


The programme supports start-ups in a range of sectors including:

  • Food and Hospitality
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Technology
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Film and Photography
  • Legal
  • Sport
  • Events Management
  • Digital Marketing

What to expect

The biSU programme offers a wide range of benefits, including:

  • the know-how to set up and run a successful business
  • control over income potential
  • effective financial management
  • development of high-value transferable business skills
  • personal and professional growth/development
  • sector-specific business knowledge and industry contacts
  • being your own boss
  • financial support
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