This article will explain how you can get support as a freelancer from the nest Team. nest is the University of Portsmouth’s Student Enterprise Team.


A freelancer (also known as consultant, sole trader, self-employed or contractor) is someone that sells their skills/services/products to people, organisations or businesses rather than work on a regular salary for one employer.


The nest Team offers startup support to all University of Portsmouth current students and graduates for up to five years after graduation.


Our expert team is here to provide the tools and support for success, inspire confidence and help you realise your goals.


How we can help:


One to one advice

Come to Purple Door to our nest Enterprise Clinics for an informal, confidential one-to-one chat, no matter what stage your idea is at and what ever you start up question. Please check Purple Door for details and times of the Enterprise Clinics.


Bring along anything that can help explain the idea including: product ideas, prototypes, sketches or simply your notes. Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these, we’ll be happy to see you.


If you are unable to make an Enterprise Clinic or are a distance learner please email nest@port.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)23 9284 2684.

 

Workshops

We run a range of workshops to help you develop your startup ideas.


Route to Startup (runs all year round - including the summer)


Route to Startup is our flagship programme of workshops for students and graduates. It is designed for students of all levels - undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research


Route to Startup is a series of interactive workshops that run at a pace that suit you. To attend the Route to Startup programme, you must attend an Enterprise Clinic.


Fundamentals of startup

The workshop covers the basic steps of starting up, including how to register you business, insurance, keeping records, company formation, basic accounting and much more….


Specialist workshops / Entrepreneurs Lounge

Throughout the year we run a number of specialist events tailored to specific needs which cover a range of different topics. Follow us on social media for regular updates. The following programmes run at certain points in the academic year:


Social Startup Programme

We run a tailored programme of workshops that run over a five week period. The workshops will provide you with practical tools and specific Social Startup resources designed to help you develop your idea. Support is on hand throughout and after the programme. This programme is open to University of Portsmouth students and graduates (graduated within the last five years). For more information visit our Social Startup Portsmouth, or read the article 'Can I get help with my Social Enterprise idea?' from the related article box below.

Resources

We have collated a wide range of resources to support you in startup. Explore our resource bank and if you need additional support please contact the nest Team.


Funding - There are a number of sources for funding that can help you explore your business idea further – both within and outside of the University.

As a first step, check out our funding resource page. Additional support on funding sources and application advice can be provided by the nest Team.


Office space - The University of Portsmouth provides start-up space for student and graduate on the edge of campus, in the heart of Portsmouth’s City Centre. Our nest incubation space is a great way for student and graduates to develop their business ideas alongside other start-ups, with on hand support from the nest Team.


The nest incubator is located on Floor Two of the Innovation Space.


Current University of Portsmouth students can apply to use the space for free on a hot desking basis and University of Portsmouth graduates and students undertaking a Self-employed Placement are offered a discount. Find out more by emailing nest@port.ac.uk or come along to an Enterprise Clinic.


There are lots of benefits of using our nest coworking space:

  • Dedicated space to work on your ideas and startup

  • Community of like minded individuals

  • Build your networks

  • Talent and skills at your fingertips

  • It won’t break the bank

  • Expert support on hand from the Student Enterprise Team

Self-employment Placements

A Self-Employment Placement (SEP) is a chance to start your own business in place of undertaking a traditional industrial placement. A Self-Employment Placement (SEP) may be undertaken by certain students currently studying at the University of Portsmouth. This will normally take place following the second year of studies and, where appropriate, replaces the traditional placement year in industry.


The aim of the SEP is to encourage the development of enterprise skills whilst starting-up and running a business, or social enterprise, or being self-employed during the placement year.



Please note: There are limitations on setting up a business if you are an international (non-EU) student. For more information please attend an Enterprise Clinic or contact the team.

How to Contact us

Visit us at:

Purple Door

University of Portsmouth

28 Guildhall Walk

Portsmouth

PO1 2DD

Opening hours:

Monday–Thursday: 8.30am–5.15pm

Friday: 8.30am–4.15pm


Telephone or Email:

t: +44 (0)23 9284 2684

e: purpledoor@port.ac.uk


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