Ambitious students studying at Middlesex University who are looking to get a business idea off the ground can now turn to the Enterprise Development Hub (EDH) for a helping hand.
The venture, which is being led by Middlesex University business expert Dr Simon Best, offers students, alumni and staff support access to workshops, one-to-one mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as informative events such as seminars with successful entrepreneurs.
"We want to help students get from an idea to something which is sustainable" - Dr Simon Best
By pooling the extensive resources and knowledge of the Business School's academics, the EDH gives would-be entrepreneurs the best chance of success in today's competitive marketplace.
"More and more of our students will be running their own businesses or working for small companies in the future," explained Dr Best.
"We want to make them better entrepreneurs, better employees and better consumers. Our aim is to help students to start up and run businesses, helping them get from an idea to something which is sustainable."
One person who would have appreciated the chance to utilise the EDH's resources is Middlesex alumnus and current EU lead for DeltaX Danish Bagadia, who attended the launch event last December.
"The Enterprise Development Hub is brilliant – we didn't have anything like it when I was here," he said.
"Sometimes in business it's about confidence and demystifying running a business. I hope the Hub will inspire people to go for it."
Would-be student entrepreneurs might not even have an idea when they first start working with the EDH, but the aim is for them to leave Middlesex with a fully formed business plan and a clear idea of how to develop their venture.
Those who've benefitted from working with the EDH include Blowties.com founder Huyen Dao Thanh. You can read more about her story here.