Are You Eligible for BSEEN?

If you meet the following criteria, you’re free to apply!


Do you have the drive to become the founder of your own company?* Are you committed to working hard to make your business a success?


BSEEN is open to students of Aston University, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University, currently living in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area.

...or Graduate

BSEEN welcomes graduates within the last five years from any university, currently living in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area.

*Please note unfortunately we are unable to support retail businesses under ERDF funding.

**Please note, international students are not able to set up a business due to VISA restrictions. International graduates from Aston University and Birmingham City University will need to apply for the  Tier 1 Startup VISA if accepted onto the programme.

Kick-start your business idea

“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

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