UWE Enterprise is actively seeking experienced mentors for student entrepreneurs as a part of their 8-week self-employed summer internship programme.

A university student’s introduction to entrepreneurship is often the beginning of their journey for building skills in leadership, creativity, innovation, networking, self-confidence, commercial awareness, team work and more.

The University of the West of England, want to help its students stand out in the graduate market by offering an array of services and opportunities to develop those key skills, whilst enabling those with an idea to set up and run their own business. So if you can and want to help people achieve success and give something back to the community, here’s your chance!

Offering a helping hand

Providing mentorship to students is invaluable and greatly enhances the chances of their ideas making it in the real world. James White, who has established his own startup called Stopwatch Studios, a Bristol-based company which provides music for film, games, television and mobile apps, gained some valuable mentorship from UWE Entrepreneur in Residence Kim Brookes.

“My mentor has been very supportive in helping with finding work and introducing me to new potential clients from a variety of areas”


james-white-stop-watch-studiosJames (pictured left) told us: “Kim has been very helpful to me over the last year, especially in understanding official business aspects such as tax returns, dealing with HMRC/Companies house and so on.

“Without her guidance I fear I may have made several mistakes. She’s also been very supportive in helping with finding work and introducing me to new potential clients from a variety of areas.”

He has since been awarded UWE Entrepreneur of the Year 2014/15.

Mentor and student benefits

Apart from knowing you are helping to give the next generation of entrepreneurs a leg up, being a UWE Enterprise mentor comes with many other benefits, including access to internship and placement schemes, gaining insights on current innovations and knowledge, as well as being able to choose your mentee.

UWE Enterprise also offers students:

  • Enterprise education (masterclasses and boot camps) encouraging students to apply enterprising skills and attributes to a range of different contexts, challenges and consultancy projects
  • startup drinksOne-to-one sessions to diagnose individual needs, offer advice and tailored support to develop business models and strategies
  • Programmes of support, including a tailored summer enterprise internship programme, social enterprise support programme and one year self-employed placement programme, to respond to every stage of a student or graduate’s business
  • Global and national competitions and funding opportunities to put entrepreneurial skills to the test
  • Monthly networking event – Start-up Drinks to connect student entrepreneurs with the start-up community in Bristol

If you’re interested in enhancing a student’s entrepreneurial journey and want to learn more about our mentor match speed date event on Wednesday 17 June from 15:00-17:00, please contact Katie on enterprise@uwe.ac.uk or 0117 32 82871 for an informal chat. You can see more from James White in this video from the Young Entrepreneur Networking Association to get an idea of the kind of students you could be helping.

And talking of pioneering startups and entrepreneurs, don’t miss South West innovation showcase Venturefest Bristol & Bath on 9 June.