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Summer Accelerator

Made possible by Santander 

Spend your summer vacation working on launching your business with the support of the University behind you. If accepted onto the summer accelerator, you will receive:

  • a living allowance of £2,000 to cover eight to ten weeks solely focusing on launching your business
  • use of a workspace for ten weeks
  • access to support from the University and five hours of specialist business coaching

You should have a business or social enterprise idea in mind and be committed to putting it into practice over the Summer vacation. The idea should be your own, although applications from two or more students will be considered, again provided that the business idea belongs jointly to the students involved. Joint applications can only receive a single package of support. 

We do not expect you to fully develop a successful business in a ten week period. The Summer Accelerator is about exploring the idea to see if it might work on a longer term basis. Discovering that the idea is less viable than you first imagined is a perfectly valid outcome.

All successful applicants must keep a record of their experiences and be willing to share their learning from the experience with future applicants and other students.

Applications for the 2024 cohort open 26 February and close on 10 May. 

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Summer Accelerator Info Event

This is your opportunity to find out more about the Summer Accelerator hearing from the previous cohort about their experiences and from the Student Enterprise Manager. This info event is set to take place at 2pm on the 13th March on Zoom. 

If you'd like to find out more about this opportunity or ask some questions, book your place by contacting


Some of our 2021 cohort

Recent events presented some challenges for our students who made the transition to working online and remotely. The group set up ‘accountability sessions’ to keep each other motivated and on track. The range of ideas that came through were fascinating - you can hear about two examples below. Other ideas ranged from conservation consultancy, flexible to-do list software, a platform that lets offices make the most of their empty space and a new way for charities to record crowdsourced data.

After completing the programme, the 2022 cohort attended a celebration evening to share their work and hear input from a panel of experts.


If you would like to apply for the Summer 2024 Cohort of the Summer Accelerator programme please apply via Handshake (applications will open 26 February). If you haven't already, join the mailing list to stay tuned or book an appointment to find out more.