NACUE is a nationwide network of student societies taking positive action to create an enterprising generation.
We were founded in 2009 when the student leaders of 12 enterprise societies came together to spread the word about enterprise. NACUE directly supports the creation of enterprise societies in education institutions throughout the UK; organises regular events where students can learn from experts and each other, and is a national advocate for students in discussions of employment and education.
The nearly 200 enterprise societies in our network are groups of students who passionately believe that by putting their ideas into action they gain the confidence, creativity and capability they’ll need to thrive in an ever-changing future economy. Enterprise societies come in all shapes and sizes, some provide funding, business incubator space and pop-up shops for student startups, others run ‘hackathons’ to create solutions to business problems, bring leading speakers to campuses, and even create policy think-tanks. They do this because they believe in sharing the opportunity of enterprise and entrepreneurship with their peers.
Student Advisory Board
NACUE’s Student Advisory Board guides our work and ensures the student voice is at the heart of what we do. Learn more about them here
Our close relationship to our network gives us the opportunity to advocate greater support for enterprise to policymakers and influencers and to create partnerships with institutions, government and companies to improve the journey of enterprising students. We work with every type of institution, from the city-centre vocational college to the traditional research-led university, and partner with some of the leading businesses in the world to deliver over 20 events and conferences each year.
We provide experience and knowledge to those setting up and running enterprise societies, services to institutions that want to establish an enterprising culture among their students, and policy solutions to government.
The NACUE Team
NACUE’s team is responsible for the day-to-day work and activity of the organisation. Find out more about the team and each person’s responsibilities below.
Policy, Communications and Research Team
Board of Trustees
The NACUE Board of Trustees is responsible for the charitable mission of the organisation.
Board of Directors
NACUE’s directors are responsible for the day-to-day running of NACUE UK Ltd, the limited company wholly owned by the charity that delivers NACUE’s work.
The idea for NACUE was formed in 2008 by 12 enterprise society presidents. These university students were already playing a leading role in the development of student entrepreneurship at their institutions, but they realised that together they could create something bigger for the benefit of their societies. In 2009, Oxford Entrepreneurs President Victoria Lennox took the plunge and founded what was then the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs.
We existed as a predominantly volunteer led organisation until 2011, a massive year of expansion. As well as relaunching as a charity at the start of the year, NACUE announced a big expansion thanks to funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and expanded our operation from just universities to include colleges too. On November 15th 2011 we changed our name to the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs to represent our new commitment to other levels of education.
Those original 12 societies were the catalysts for an extraordinary movement in student entrepreneurship. Now that initial group has grown into a national charity and a thriving national network representing nearly 200 college and university enterprise societies.