Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship


No! The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is leading the Centre, and hosting it within its new University Enterprise Zone, but it has not been set-up purely for the benefit of UWE Bristol graduates. As long as you graduated from any university in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) within the last three years - and as long as your existing or proposed business is registered in the West of England (Bristol, Bath, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire)  you will be eligible to apply.


I didn't graduate from UWE Bristol - does that matter?

To access support through the Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship, you need to either register a company (in order to get a company number) or register as a sole trader with HMRC. Don't worry if you haven't done this - a number of our clients will have business ideas, without having got to the stage of formally setting up the business itself. We can support you through the process. Please contact us and one of our dedicated advisors will get in touch with the offer of help.

Does my business need to be registered?

The West of England covers Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (the areas covered by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership). This includes all BS postcodes, some BA postcodes and even one or two GL postcodes. To be certain about your eligibility, we would recommend you contact us.

What do you mean by 'the West of England'?

Every resident of the Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship has access to a programme of workshops, mentoring, advice and innovation support. Physical incubation clients also have access to dedicated desk space in the University Enterprise Zone, alongside other graduate start-ups (this is the only aspect of the programme that virtual clients do not access).

What is the difference between 'physical' and 'virtual' incubation?

The Centre does not take an ownership stake in any companies and, similarly, does not have a stake in intellectual property (IP) you generate before, during or after your residency. Residents are provided with IP training and support however! As a publicly funded programme, our only interest is in supporting the successful establishment and growth of your business.

What are the implications for my Intellectual Property (IP)?

We use the date on your graduation certificate to determine this. This date must be within three years of the date on which your Centre residency is due to begin. For example, if you become a resident in June 2017, your graduation certificate will need to carry a date on or after June 2014. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.

How do you define 'graduated within the last three years'?

What happens at each stage of the Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship process?

Details of the programme, including the specific activities undertaken under each of the steps below, will be made available in the new year.

Step 1: Apply - Submit your application here by 5pm 24th April 2017. We will let you know if you are through to interview by 17th May 2017.

Step 2: Interview - Interviews to be held at UWE Bristol on 23rd and 24th May 2017

Step 3: Get Ready - Get Set - A 3 day induction to develop your idea from 6-8th June 2017

Step 4: Grow - Physical or virtual residency to commence on 19th June 2017

To be eligible to be located in, or supported by, the Centre, the business has to have been started/registered by an individual who has graduated within the last three years (see next question). This is a condition of our funding. If you are not eligible, however, please visit for details of other services and support provided by UWE Bristol.

I am not a graduate, or I graduated more than three years ago - am I eligible?

The Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship will be opening on 19th June.

Phase 1 Applications are now being received, with a deadline of 5pm on 24th April 2017.

When will the Centre open?

Can I arrange to have a tour of the Centre?

Yes! We will be inviting anyone with an interest in the Centre and its support programme to look around the facility, and the University Enterprise Zone in which it is located, in early 2017. Simply contact us and we will email you as soon as tour dates have been arranged.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions