Centre for Entrepreneurship

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Centre for Entrepreneurship

About the Centre for Entrepreneurship

Nurturing talent and empowering entrepreneurs

The Centre for Entrepreneurship helps students and graduates start their own business. Since launching in 2003, we’ve helped over 300 start-ups. The support we offer is wide-ranging, from funding, advice and training, to events and networking opportunities.

Each year the Centre for Entrepreneurship helps over 2,500 students and our success has been recognised nationally. In 2015, we were ranked in the top 10 UK universities for the number of businesses created and the number of firms that are still active by the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey. We were also shortlisted for The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship in the 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards.

Not only has our success been noted, our students have also gained national attention. In 2014, Liverpool John Moores University graduates Omar and Philip secured a £50,000 investment from Dragons’ Den’s Kelly Hoppen for PHOM – their loose leaf tea business. In 2012, the entrepreneurial pair also won the UK Young Enterprise awards.

In 2014, Inca, a luxury hot chocolate drinks company, won Company of the Year and a UKTI Export Award at the Young Enterprise Regional Start-up Final. Ad’nitiative, a coffee sleeve advertising company, also won the Best Presentation award at this competition.

As well as hosting events for our students and graduates throughout the year, in 2015 we also hosted the NACUE Student Enterprise Conference. This is the biggest student enterprise conference in Europe. Over 500 students from the UK joined us, as did Gary Millar, the Liverpool City Council Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Investment.


It's so important to support and encourage entrepreneurship, especially amongst young people. Student entrepreneurs are key to the growth and prosperity of our economy and many of them, along with the impact of new technology, will innovate, define and lead our future.

Damian McGann, Managing Director North Division in Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking

Our work within Liverpool

The Centre for Entrepreneurship is proud to be based within Liverpool. We strive to maintain our relationships with Merseyside businesses so that we can continue to introduce the business community to our students.

As part of our work within the community, members from the Centre also sit on economic regeneration boards and run a series of outreach events within schools, encouraging young people to think about starting a business.

Emma Robinson

Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship

Since 2003, Emma has spearheaded the entrepreneurship agenda at Liverpool John Moores University. In this time, Emma has grown the team and been awarded over £3 million in grant funding to develop and deliver startup services. Emma has worked closely with the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education since its inception and was the first Enterprise Champion in England.

Emma Robinson - Liverpool John Moores University


We've helped start over 300 businesses


We've been helping start-ups since 2003


Our Start-Up Network has 1,200 members