Propeller is UCLan’s business support service for freelancing, start-ups and enterprising thinking. We are open to every student, staff member and graduate, so make the most of it!
We can help you apply entrepreneurial thinking to your current course, gain experience and understand how business works. Our workshops, mentoring, funding awards, networking events, work space and online tools are an all-inclusive way of doing so.
1-1 BUSINESS SUPPORT
First and foremost, our mentors offer business support in the form of 1-1 mentorship. They all have experience running their own businesses, with different areas of specialty.
Whether you are looking for an in-depth breakdown of what you need to do or simply need moral support as you take the big steps, our mentors are there for you.
If you need specialist support, we also work with external mentors who currently work in industry. Our external mentors are funded by the ERDF U Start project for eligible clients.
Throughout the academic year we offer a host of workshops.
Our main offering is the Propeller Enterprise Programme, a series of 6 workshops designed to help you turn a business idea into a reality. These workshops cover all the basics you need to get your business off the ground.
These are then complemented by our Bite-sized Briefings – shorter workshops that focus on specific issues. Topics include social media marketing, business planning techniques and confidence building. We are always looking for feedback on what workshops you want to see, so please let us know!
Our networking events are a great opportunity to see who you can help and who can help you. Guest speakers present on a topic, giving the event a bit of focus. If you’re looking to meet like-minded individuals and learn about something new, you can join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. We also run a ‘confident networking’ session on the same day for people who want to get some practice in.
- 4:00-4:30 Registration
- 4:30-5:15 Presentations
- 5:15-7:00 Buffet Networking
To find out what’s happening this month, check the What’s On page.
Freelancing is a great way to earn money whilst studying as you can focus as much or as little as you want on it. Did you know the average self-employed student earns £253 a month?
With our virtual learning environment ‘Flightpath’, you can work out what you have to offer. The courses have case studies and interactive activities to help you get started. Why not sign up?
You can also look for work or hire other freelancers through UCLan Talent.
COMPETITION AND FUNDING SUPPORT
Twice per year we run the Propeller Enterprise Award. We offer up to £1,000 to help business ideas and early start-ups get off the ground. You don’t compete against other people, funding is allocated entirely on the value of your idea.
In addition, we also support applications to external competitions and funding bodies, such as the Educate North Awards. For the last two years we have supported the winner of the University Entrepreneurs’ Grant, who both went on to win £1,000 and ongoing support through their pitches.
THE PROPELLER HUB
The Propeller Hub is our work space based in the Media Factory. We have hot desks and dedicated rental desks, as well as meeting space and kitchen facilities. If you have your own licenses, you can also make use of the Mac Pro.
Working from home can be a big distraction, but you might not be earning enough to rent office space just yet. Social working space is the ideal in between. Our modern workspace houses a growing community of businesses backed up with mentoring, business support and access to UCLan’s facilities & services.
If you’re looking to prepare your students for the working world, enterprise skills are a must. Understanding how business works can give your students an advantage when entering a company and adapt to new challenges. There’s also the added advantage that if any of your students go on to open their own consultancies, work freelance or start businesses they have the skills needed to get off to a flying start.
If you are interested in seeing how we can adapt our content to fit your course, get in touch with our mentors.