The Student Startup team focus on identifying and fostering the startup ambitions of University of Exeter Students across all campus', colleges and disiplines. Our programme helps you develop a more entrepreneurial mindset and to equip you 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.

If you are based in Exeter, you can view all our upcoming workshops and events in the drop down menu to the left. 

If you are based in Penryn, you can find details of events, workshops and support HERE

You can view and book 1-2-1 appointments with a member of the Student Startup Team from the tab to  the left. Before booking a 1-2-1, you will need to attend at least one Student Startup event; our fortnightly Startup Business Plan Made Easy workshops up at The Deck are a great place to start! 

Please also complete a Startup Idea Form (see link below) and email it to 


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 lived 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)

After a long stint in Content Marketing and Language localisation consulting, Silvia has recently started working for Google as a Google Digital Garage Trainer. Prior to this Silvia worked as a digital trainer for Cosmic and gained substantial experience across a wide range of roles within various industries, including fashion, translation, education, market research and digital marketing. Silvia has managed, collaborated to and implemented editorial SEO and digital content marketing campaigns for blue chip companies such as Gucci, Philips, Canon, 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 Businesses digital presence, strategic integrated communications and social media marketing campaigns.

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If you are an International Student and are thinking of setting up a business in the UK, the Student Startup programme can provide additional advice and guidance. Find out more by clicking  here.

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