What is BSEEN?

Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network

BSEEN offers students and graduates a great package of intensive start-up support for new ventures. Successful participants benefit from a variety of workshops, networking opportunities, tailored mentoring, grants, and workspace at one of our partner universities.

Why Choose BSEEN?

Stand out in business, start it in Birmingham


Each BSEEN intake starts with an intensive 5 day bootcamp to introduce and hone business skills.


Our mentors are on hand to offer advice and guidance based on their own extensive business experience.

Office Space

Get free workspace and network at Innovation Birmingham Campus or one of our partner institutions.


Kick-start your business with a grant to help you cover start-up costs and get your idea off the ground.

Kick-start your business idea

For Students & Graduates

The support you need to get your business off the ground

If you have ambitions to be a founder of a successful and innovative company, BSEEN can help you to gain the experience and skills needed to make your business a global success.  You can access tailored workshops, grants to fund your business in the early days, free workspace, networking opportunities and more.

For Mentors

Help make big ideas a reality

Mentors are a vital part of the BSEEN programme. We’re always on the lookout for mentors who are keen to share their expertise and knowledge, inspiring and guiding fledgling business owners and giving them the confidence they need to make their idea a success.

“I had the skills for making an ambulance work and making cakes and just needed to fill in the business part which is what BSEEN really provided. Everything I needed for starting a business I got through BSEEN. The business support provided me with the confidence to go forward and the money helped that process.”

– James, The Cake Doctor

“I was really looking for help to gain the basic business skills that I need to run my business, which BSEEN have been very helpful with. I think I was a bit quieter about promoting myself at the beginning of the programme, whereas now I’m getting myself out there which is really good, and getting more customers in which is always amazing.”

– Sarah, And Dance Bespoke Dancewear

Latest News

BSEEN Mentor and Supporters Celebration Event

BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) hosted an evening to celebrate the support of its business mentors at the Hotel Du Vin on Wednesday 28 November.  Over 80 stakeholders of the Student and Graduate Start-Up project attended the event, including many mentors, professional services firms that have worked with the project, university staff…

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