The Year in Enterprise is a chance for you to get academic credit for having a go at starting your own business. You will remain registered as a student and will have access to a support package for the year to make sure you and your business get the most out of the year. If accepted on the programme you can start anytime from 1 July, provided you complete 9 months of experience before next June.
Any undergraduate student currently in their final year of study is eligible to apply.
Your degree is unaffected by participation in the Year in Enterprise. The only change would be that you would graduate a year later with 'Year in Enterprise' added to your certificate. If you don't complete the Year in Enterprise, you would simply graduate with your existing degree a year later.
A fee waiver of £1850. This can be a write-off of your fees for the year, or can be given as a cash grant
9 business coaching sessions - these will be with a professional business coach and are designed to help you understand what your business priorities will be
Placement supervisor as a point of contact for any academic or welfare issues - they will help you make sure you are learning from the experience
Access to free workspace - York Science Park are offering free access to their new incubator, Phase One, where you will work alongside other student businesses and established startups
Access to networking events
Access to the University's Proof of Concept scheme
There will be one summative assessment in the form of a reflective essay at the end of the year. Throughout the year we will ask you for formative reflective blogs to make sure you're on track with your learning.
How do I apply?
If you're interested in the scheme, we invite you to come to our to our information session on 10 March 2021 so you can find out more about the scheme, talk to current YIE students and check that it’s right for you. We'll then send you a Business Model Canvas and cash flow forecast, which you need to complete by the first week of the Easter vacation. We will use these to assess whether we believe the concept has the potential to provide the necessary 9 months experience.
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You will still be eligible for a maintenance loan to contribute towards living costs during your degree. You are also permitted to work part-time during the year.
This is a new opportunity for the University of York, so we expect you to have lots of questions - please don't hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org