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 Team

Emily Davies (SETsquared Exeter Student Startup Manager)

Emily manages the Student Startups team – designing and delivering an engaging and supportive startup programme for students and recent graduates, which includes workshops, presentations, expert panels and other events. She also works 1-2-1 with students and has developed a broad network of contacts both in Exeter, the UK and internationally, who can be called up for additional support and mentoring. Emily is also an Exeter representative within the SETsquared partnership, focusing specifically on Student Enterprise projects

Katie Hawker (Student Startup Officer)

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.

Jeni Reeve (Student Startup Community Manager)

Jeni studied at the University of Exeter before embarking on a career in Marketing, PR & Brand Development before returning to the University to join the Startup Team.  Jeni supports students embarking on their startup journeys, with a particular focus on the MSc Engineering with Entrepreneurship programme. She also collaborates with and supports Exeter's alumni community. Alongside working with student entrepreneurs, Jeni runs her own business.

Amber Strong (Student Startup Programme Advisor)

Amber has an MSc Entrepreneurship & International Development and a BSc in International Relations with History. Previously having worked abroad for Comic Relief with the aim of helping farming households out of poverty in Kenya and run her own design business in the UK, Amber is passionate about: student business start-ups, entrepreneurship education, skills development, enabling SME’s, Environmental Political Economy, the need for a circular economy and enabling a mind-set for responsible and sustainable innovation. In the past, Amber led and managed the Be Entrepreneurial Take Action programme within the University of Plymouth's Business School 2014-2018, where she also created partnerships, led hackathons around the UN Development Goals, while supporting a wide range of research projects around entrepreneurship, sustainability education and refugees as well as facilitated TEDx University events. Please ask Amber about; marketing strategy, upcoming Student Startup events, the S4 Startup mentoring programme and all things entrepreneurship.

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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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