What to expect at a Start-up Surgery appointment

The Enterprise Team offer one to one advice and support every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2-4pm at our Start-up Surgery. This service enables you as a DMU student or graduate to access FREE business advice to help you kick start your business idea or self-employment journey.

Students considering self-employment or freelancing during their studies or after they graduate are encouraged to use this free service to help them start their journey on the right foot. Whether it’s for advice on legal structures, market research, marketing or finance, our business advisor’s can help!


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Quick guide to being more enterprising at DMU!

Here are seven things you can do if you are itching to get started with your idea or simply want to become more enterprising

  1. Sign up to the Enterprise Mailing List.  We don’t spam but you will receive an email every couple of weeks with information about the latest opportunities and events. Sign up for updates via MyGateway.
  2. Follow us on Twitter.  We regularly tweet about the latest start-up information, tips and funding opportunities. We love hearing from enterprising DMU students and graduates so follow, tweet and let us know what you’re up to!
  3. Like us on Facebook. We also share content on Facebook so head over and like our page.
  4. Come and see us! Book a 20 minute appointment through MyGateway and have a chat with us about your idea!
  5. Book your place at our start-up sessions. Our 60 minute workshops take place throughout the academic year. Book your place and let us take you through the hot topics of starting a business.
  6. Become an Innovation Centre Member. As an ICM you will benefit from the chance to attend events, networking opportunities, free Wi-Fi and free use of the co-working café for meetings or working.
  7. Join Start-up DMU. Sign up to De Montfort University’s start-up society  to meet similar minded people and attend start-up events.
  8. Pitch your idea for cash.  Whatever your idea, you’re likely to need some cash to get it off the ground. Pitch2Win is a monthly competition which awards the winner from each month with £250. The winning student will also get the opportunity to pitch at the final awards ceremony in April 2016 for a larger cash prize. If you need cash for your idea then you need to enter Pitch2Win!

For more information about how we help De Montfort University students and graduates kick start their ideas, please visit our website or email enterprise@dmu.ac.uk

Starting Up: Stormburst Studios

Video games – we’ve all played them. Whether it’s Candy Crush on your mobile phone or Call of Duty on your Xbox, I have no doubt that you’ve been exposed to them in some way. So it comes as no surprise that people like me enjoy making them as well as playing them.

My name’s Derry Holt and I’m the CEO of Stormburst Studios, a video games developer specialising in mobile games & gamified technologies. I come from Tamworth, a relatively large town just outside Birmingham where I took a very standard route through education (GCSE, A Levels, degree). I bandied around a lot of ideas in my youth: astrophysicist, games programmer, chemist, pilot and a couple of others. No matter where I went with my studies games were always a huge part of my life.


I’m intrinsically competitive and I don’t find the same adrenaline rush video games give me anywhere else. Ultimately this is what led me down the path of choosing De Montfort University as my place of study for BSc Computer Games Programming.

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