Student Inc. enables third level students to assess the feasibility of their business ideas and take them to the next stage of development including launching or expansion. What started as a programme delivered in a single location on one campus Student Inc. is now offered across 5 different universities on 15 different campuses.
Student Inc is a full-time 13-week immersive programme. Students work for the summer period assessing the feasibility of their business idea, building prototypes and learning all aspects of getting a business up and running, including customer discovery, market validation, finance etc. Throughout the programme there are 30 training sessions as well at 25 mentoring sessions, both one to one and group. They also receive €4,000 in seed funding.
External support for Student Inc., both financial and non-financial is provided by other stakeholders including the public organisations responsible for increasing the number of Ireland’s start-ups, i.e. Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Offices.
The programme is open to any third level student in partner universities regardless of year of study or academic domain. Student Inc. provides potential entrepreneurs the opportunity to “learn-by-doing” in a safe and supportive environment. Students who do not continue with their business idea on completion of the programme will be armed with a set of skills and the confidence to investigate future opportunities. Developing the entrepreneurial mindset of the programme participants is as important as the number of start-up businesses that emerge as a result of the programme.