Support student entrepreneurs by sharing your expertise

Kingston University is one of the top 2 UK universities for graduate start-ups – rated by the Higher Education, Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI). Over 4,000 Kingston students take part in our sector-leading Enterprise Programme every year. 

The most promising entrepreneurial students receive focused investment, advice and mentoring support from the Enterprise Circle – a group of Alumni Champions with a leadership role in the enterprise programme at the University.

How you can help

The engagement of accomplished, entrepreneurial and business minded Alumni Champions is a key ingredient of Kingston's enterprise programme. If you would like to get involved, and have time and expertise to share, please register your interest in becoming an Alumni Champion.

Entrepreneurial focus

Our team of dedicated Alumni Champions provide support for Kingston students across a range of entrepreneurial initiatives. Below are just a few examples of how you could get involved.

Bright Ideas

Over 600 students submit their entrepreneurial ideas to our flagship entrepreneurship competition Bright Ideas.

Help out as a mentor, guest speaker or sponsor, at key milestones on the students' entrepreneurial journey.


2,600 students apply their learning to hands-on challenges through our Hackathons – hacking solutions to live challenges.

Get involved in judging, or set a live challenge as a Hack partner company.

The Nest

20 businesses have been accepted into our Nest incubator space where we help them to ready their business for market.

Join a small group of alumni to help our blossoming entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

Enterprise Circle

Budding entrepreneurs at Kingston receive support from the Enterprise Circle – a group of Alumni Champions who help lead the enterprise programme at the University. Current Circle members include:

  • Gerald Brady, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank
  • Malcolm Paul, Chairman of Anthesis Group
  • Jeff Harris, Former Chief Executive of Alliance Unichem plc (now Walgreen Boots)

If you would like to find out more about the enterprise programme at Kingston, please contact Dr Martha Mador, Head of Enterprise Education, at

Enterprise Circle

The input of the Circle is invaluable – I really appreciate having different minds come together to help me make quicker and better decisions.

Benefiting from all these insights from a wealth of experience and their investment is really driving me forward.

Paule-Carine, Founder of DAO London and Enterprise Circle Investee 2020