The Student Startup team focus on identifying and fostering the startup ambitions of University of Exeter Students. It aims to help participants develop a more entrepreneurial mindset and to equip students with the practical toolkit necessary to inspire innovative ideas, to create entrepreneurial solutions, to undertake rigorous market validation and develop and launch viable and sustainable new enterprises. This is done through a combination of interactive workshops and events, 1-2-1 advising and by facilitating opportunities for networking and collaboration. Our goal is to provide inspiration, training, guidance, support and funding opportunities to promote, nurture and enable entrepreneurship across all disciplines, colleges and campus’ both during university and post-graduation.

You can view all our upcoming workshops and events in the drop down menu to the left. You can also view and book 1-2-1 appointments with a member of the Student Startup Team from the tab to  the left. Before meeting for a 1-2-1, it's super helpful if you can complete a Business Idea Form and email it to and also come along to one of our Startup Business Plan Made Easy workshops up at The Deck. 


Meet the Student Startup Officers!

Katie Hawker (Student Startup Officer, Creative Economy)

Katie has an MA in Arts Management and a BA in Fine Art. She has worked for a variety of local, national and international arts organisations and is the Founder/Director of Surface Arts; a connective organisation that produces residencies and innovative projects. Through Surface Arts she has successfully managed many projects in the UK and Southeast Asia with a focus on Thailand where she lied and worked for 7 years, setting up an International Residency Program and many other creative projects, developing partnerships with the likes of the British Council, Goethe Institute, Asia New Zealand Foundation and Chiang Mai University.

Silvia Paloschi (Student Startup Officer, Exeter)

Silvia has a BA in Modern Languages and and MA in Applied translation and has recently started working for Google as a Google Digital Garage Trainer for the Southwest. She has worked across a wide range of industries, including fashion, translation, education, market research, digital marketing, and has implemented customer service, editorial SEO and content marketing campaigns for blue chip companies such as John Lewis, Sony, Samsung, Dolce&Gabbana, Tommy Hilfiger, C&A, Nike, Asics, TUC, Disneyland Paris, Hertz and Accenture, amongst others. She is our resident expert on all things digital - providing valuable insight and training in creating and implementing strategic integrated communications, social media and digital marketing campaigns.

David Walker (Student Startup Officer, Penryn)

David is based on our Penryn campus and is a startup entrepreneur with a passion for clever and simple design which improves user experience. David started Paddlelogger, a mobile platform for enhancing user experience on the water, whilst studying a BSc in Geography. Paddlelogger started life as a simple route tracker and has now grown to reach a global audience, including the USA and Australia. Following the success of the brand, David was asked to be an ambassador for Invest in Cornwall, within the SpaceTech sector where he has enjoyed being able to promote the South west as a fantastic digital landscape for startups.

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If you are an International Student and are thinking of setting up a business in the UK, the Think, Try, Do programme can lead to an endorsement by the University of Exeter towards a Tier 1 Visa. Find out more by clicking  here.

See more from Think, Try, Do by clicking on any of the below:

Katy Dash - Paddleboat Theatre Company    Matt Morley - Tickbox     Alex Somervell - One Third Stories