Start-up programme launched


A new initiative to help graduates start their own businesses has been officially launched by Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP).

In front of a group of budding graduate entrepreneurs at Tremough campus recently, UCP unveiled details of the Convergence-funded Graduate Start-up Programme.

The programme has evolved from the highly successful UCP model of placing graduates with Cornish companies to help them to develop their business.

All the graduates were given the opportunity to talk one-to-one with advisors from organisations including Business Link, Oxford Innovation, Outset Cornwall and Sirolli.

Graduate entrepreneurs at the Start-up launch

Allyson Glover, head of graduate placements, said: “It’s inspiring to see so many graduates with great ideas who are passionate about starting their own business in Cornwall. There was a real buzz around the event and so many like-minded people got to share ideas and talk about opportunities in the future.

“I’m really excited about seeing these graduates develop over the next year. The type of people and businesses we met over the three days are exactly why the Cornwall Institute of Enterprise is so important.”

The Cornwall Institute of Enterprise is a Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative with plans to be a “world class” centre for business and entrepreneurship, providing courses, practical research and a hub for business start-ups.