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Ever thought about working for yourself and starting your own business? How about working as a creative freelancer?

Solent Futures, the employability and enterprise service here at Solent, can help you to succeed with advice and practical support. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are both deeply embedded in the University's culture and we are very proud of the fact that over the last three years we have provided over £150,000 of financial support. Right from the start of your time at Solent, you will be able to enter competitions, pitch your business idea, join our student enterprise societies and speak to dedicated enterprise advisers.

Students and graduates can apply for grant funding (up to £3,000 in 2021/2022) from the University through the Solent entrepreneurs' scheme. Graduates are entitled to apply for funding up to three years after they graduate. The enterprise team supports graduates with business advice and also signposts them to other useful business networks.

Solent Creatives

As a Solent student you can access opportunities through Solent Creatives, our student-powered freelancing agency.

We help students to embark on freelance work experience and build a portfolio by introducing you to real, paid creative assignments from businesses of all sizes.

You will be supported by the Solent Creatives team to collaborate with clients, create amazing work, and belong to a community of creative students

We provide training, advice and expertise to enable you to start your freelancing career alongside your studies.

Check out the video below to find out more about Solent Creatives.

Get in touch

Solent Futures is available for support and advice Monday to Friday throughout the year, both online and on campus (Government guidelines permitting). You can also talk to them at any of our open days.

For more information about the enterprise support available here at Solent, please contact the team.

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