Powering the Enterprising Generation
NACUE is the UK’s leading organisation for engaging students in enterprise. We work with a network of over 260 institutions and student enterprise societies. Our partners help us to deliver this vision.
Grow- We create, nurture and support over 260 entrepreneurial societies at universities and colleges across the country.
Connect - We deliver events attended by thousands of exceptional students, graduates and educators. We connect them with the skills and resources needed to achieve their goals.
Advocate - We champion the voice of tens of thousands of students and educators, helping them to shape policy with those in the government and enterprise department.
Enterprise societiesThe 240 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 BoardNACUE’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 WorkOur 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 TeamNACUE’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.
Board of Directors and Senior Management Team
Policy, Communications and Research Team
Board of Trustees
The NACUE Board of Trustees is responsible for the charitable mission of the organisation.
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, with support from the other enterprise presidents, Matt Smith and Cyprian Szalankiewicz.
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 non-profit and a thriving national network representing nearly 200 college and university enterprise societies.