plan to or already have started a business
turn their businesses in to a career
across the UK are employed by student startups
We are developing the spaces, skills and support for talented entrepreneurs.
With a global need for research-led technology to improve healthcare, resilience to climate change and the availability of food and shelter, now is the time for forward thinking and innovation. York students are given the necessary support to develop and test business concepts, and are offered practical knowledge and skills to help them launch their new business start-ups.
We will enable even more students, recent graduates, academics and researchers to try, to risk, to fail, and to succeed. They will grow in confidence and inspire greater numbers of new business and social enterprises to be created in York, for the wider world.
"It's important to inspire the next generation to bring new ideas, to really test current thinking and really drive the agenda enabling our students to have a positive impact and legacy on society."
Tom Banham, Director of Employability and Careers
There are so many opportunities here, from funding to mentorship. If you have an idea, you can pursue it.
Phil Daneshyar, Alum and Entrepreneur
Joni and Fynn began their venture into the world of business through the Digital Leaders Programme in 2017/18, whilst studying for their final year. From meetings with industry experts, networking sessions and business support and guidance from our Careers office, Joni and Fynn became business partners and developed their idea to begin a games company: Mujo Games, and put together a business plan which won them a place on the Summer Accelerator programme.
The pair set to work developing their company, Mujo games, with specific aims to create a prototype for their game, form connections with potential sources of investment, and to make their company an official legal entity.
The Innovator@York summer accelerator programme was fantastic for our team. It gave us a safe testbed to learn the basics of developing a product and making it commercially viable, and we got to meet a great network of others starting their business too.
Fynn Levy, Mujo Games
To find out more and support this area, please contact Paul Tyack (firstname.lastname@example.org) Associate Director and Head of Corporate and Foundation Philanthropy.