The University of Southampton

Enterprise and entrepreneurship

As a Southampton student, you will have the chance to develop the professional enterprise skills needed to make your mark on the world.

Future Worlds

Electronics and Computer Science is home to some of the most talented innovators in the world. From students to professors, some of these aspiring entrepreneurs take their ideas directly to market by creating startups. Future Worlds is a startup incubator on campus that matches their passion and drive with a determination to help them at every step of their entrepreneurial journey.

Future Worlds offers an extensive network of seasoned founders, investors and industry leaders, including Directors of Apple, Salesforce and founders of billion dollar companies. Entrepreneurs are introduced to these mentors, given help to raise funding and inspired through a growing programme of events and competitions.

What is Future Worlds?

Future Worlds is a unique and vibrant startup network at the University of Southampton which helps nurture our aspiring entrepreneurs and cutting-edge technologies through an ecosystem of mentors, investors, collaborators and events.

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I was inspired to explore entrepreneurship after going to a Dragon’s Den event organised by Future Worlds. I pitched them my idea of FuseMind (, which uses artificial intelligence to build next generation metrics for academic work, and their direct help has been nothing short of amazing. One of the most helpful aspects is the mentor master classes – the amount of knowledge to be learned from the speakers is astounding. Future Worlds strike the perfect balance of being supportive yet thoughtfully critical and has helped us at FuseMind every step of the way.

Maciej Szpakowsk - BSc Computer Science, second year

ECS Entrepreneurs

ECS Entrepreneurs is a student run society whose mission is to build a platform for students who share entrepreneurial passions to start building their technology start-ups. They hold seminars and workshops on topics such as starting a company, coding skills and business model development, ECS Entrepreneurs will support students from any subject area. The society also co-hosts a Dragons’ Den competition in collaboration with Future Worlds, offering students’ opportunities for investment in their businesses.

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Fish on Toast

Fish on Toast is the University of Southampton's Entrepreneurship and Business Society.

The society encourages a culture of innovation, inspiration and collaboration. Through visiting speakers and events, Fish on Toast can help you to develop transferable business skills, preparing you for your future career. The society also prides itself on having ambitious, motivated and creative members.

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Enactus Southampton

Enactus Southampton is a global community of students working through entrepreneurial action to improve the lives of others. In 2015, Enactus Southampton won the prestigious Enactus World Cup in South Africa. In 2016, the society became the first to make the finals of the Nationals in their home country following a World Cup win, focused on their new project, JuaMaji.

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Opportunities across the University of Southampton

From business incubators to student societies, enterprise degree modules to careers support, the University of Southampton provides a wealth of opportunities to help launch the entrepreneur within you.

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