Arden Enterprise Incubator

Take your business goals to new heights with our full support. 

What is the Arden Enterprise Incubator?

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, already at the early stages of setting up your own business venture, or just looking to enhance your business acumen, the Arden Enterprise Incubator programme will help you nurture an entrepreneurial mindset, innovate, and grow your business once it’s up and running. 

You’ll be joining our community of entrepreneurs, industry experts, and experienced academics, who will provide you with real insight into how to set up a successful business. You’ll also have access to a wealth of resources to aid you in the pursuit of your goals based on how far along you are on your business journey.

"The Arden Enterprise Incubator is about developing and nourishing innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. It is an opportunity for all of our students to get expert and specialist advice if they are thinking about a new enterprise startup or want an existing business to grow. The Enterprise Incubator will provide professional mentoring and coaching sessions by successful business entrepreneurs who will guide you through the challenges of business start-up and growth. Welcome to the future of innovation!"

If you’re already an Arden student, click below to go straight to the Arden Enterprise Incubator platform.

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Professor Dilshad Sheikh

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

We have a business support package tailored to your needs

Whether you need help getting your business idea off the ground or are already your own boss, the Arden Enterprise Incubator has three distinct levels that provide a platform for you to grow from. 

Setting up your business

“I have an initial business idea but I haven’t developed it further yet”

“I just want to learn what it takes to build a business”

If either of these sounds like you, we recommend you start your journey with us here so you can springboard ideas and work your way through our resources.




Growing your business

“I have a business plan ready to go”

Then you’re in the right place! The resources we’ve put together here are just what you need to put your plan into action.






Launching your business

“I’ve developed my business idea somewhat but don’t have a business plan”

If you already have an idea in mind, we can help you take it to the next level with the resources in this section.

What can you expect from each level?

Setting up your business

Are you a business novice looking to develop your knowledge of entrepreneurship? This section has been designed to stimulate your entrepreneurial mindset and help you take the first steps in your business journey, introducing you to business start-up, idea generation, and more.

  • Ready to get your business started? Submit a business question and one of our experts will get back to you with personalised advice and feedback. Just some of the topics we’ll cover include:
  • Growth mindset
  • Imagination, creativity, and problem solving
  • Business registration
  • Market entry and marketing
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • International networking and collaboration
  • Do you have a business skill you think might benefit others or are interested in learning a new skill yourself? During our live, 5-minute, biweekly skillshare, you’ll have the chance to showcase your talents as well as access digestible videos that will help you grow on the go. Some of the topics you might cover include:
  • The basics of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and their key competencies 
  • The role of self-discovery in entrepreneurship
  • Do we need a human-centred approach to running small businesses?
  • What does sustainability mean in business?
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Organisational management and team development
  • You’ll have access to an open forum where you can discuss and exchange business ideas with your peers. The forum will be moderated by our academics and industry experts, who will share their extensive knowledge and answer any questions you might have.
  • Our networking events have been designed to simultaneously enhance your knowledge and visibility. Some of the events covered include:
  • Fundraising and growth strategies
  • Success stories followed by a Q&A
  • Meet the investor
  • Networking with successful entrepreneurs and leaders
  • Events run by professional, statutory, and regulating bodies (PSRBs)
Setting up your business

Launching your business

Have you already started embarking on your entrepreneurial journey, but need that extra push to take your ideas to the next level? In this stage, you’ll be introduced to more specific business concepts, including minimum viable product development and lean startup methodologies.

  • Learn from those who do it best with our ‘how to’ guides, put together by our academic team to walk you through important business-related tasks and skills, available on demand.
  • We’ve put together exhaustive pre-recorded bootcamps covering a range of modern and in-demand business topics, such as starting an online business. This gives you the chance to supplement your learning and gain new skills you can apply directly to your own business endeavours 
  • You’ll have access to a wealth of reliable resources, including business plan templates, books, webpages, videos, and more that have been carefully chosen by our specialist team to guide you along on your business journey.
Launching your business

Growing your business

If you’re further along on your business journey, with a solid business plan or startup at hand, then this final stage is the right one for you. You’ll delve into high-level concepts such as team development and structure, product-market fit, and growth and fundraising strategies.

  • Once a month, you’ll have the opportunity to submit a business question and receive a full hour of 1-2-1 advice from an expert within your chosen industry.
  • Our academic team is here to support you. Submit a business question and you’ll receive up to four hours per month of personalised advice from someone who knows the ins and outs of your industry and can help you bring your ideas to fruition. 
  • You’ll have access to intensive, interactive live bootcamps spanning up to four weeks, centred around specific areas of business. Through this, you’ll have an opportunity to supplement your learning with skills you can directly apply to your own business endeavours. 
  • Attend virtual or physical conferences and events, designed to help you achieve your business goals, and provide you with real-world business insight and valuable networking opportunities. Some of these events will include:
  • Tech and investment conferences
  • Sector-specific conferences depending on your areas of interest
  • Arden University’s Dragons Den
Growing your business

“The value of enterprise has been proven as a real driver of social mobility and societal wealth. With the Arden Enterprise Incubator, we want to provide expert business creation guidance and resources for students to access in their own time and at their own pace to develop what will hopefully be sustainable and successful businesses.”

At Arden, we’re here to support you throughout your business endeavours. Ready to get started? Just follow the link below.

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Tonisha Tagoe

Tonisha Tagoe
Deputy Head of School of Leadership and Management