At Falmouth, we are dedicated to launching our students into industry on graduation. It's vital for us that their investment in education sees a return through employability.
However we understand that doesn't just involve getting a job, particularly in the creative industries. Our students are four times more likely than the national average to set up their own business. And that's because enterprise is at the heart of what we do.
Our flexibility and strive for innovation means that Falmouth is home to a number of entrepreneurial programmes, from our BA(Hons) Business Entrepreneurship to In|Fuse (Invest in Falmouth University Start-up Enterprises) and Alacrity.
By helping to create the next generation of creative businesses in Cornwall, Falmouth is able to contribute to local economic growth whilst responding to the global opportunities available from the creative industries.
Alacrity, the only programme of its kind in the UK based within a university, places talented graduates in teams that incubate into incorporated, investible companies. With £1.5m in funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to run the programme, students work on real briefs with real potential from impressive and high profile industry partners, including Sony Computer Entertainment, Centroid Motion Capture and the BBC.
Find out more at falmouth.ac.uk/corporate/alacrity
Every Falmouth final-year student with an interest in setting up their own business has the chance to apply for a Graduate Pre-Incubation Award. The programme provides funding and 12 months of comprehensive business support, which begins at the end of the degree. The award has already helped over 40 businesses, from theatre companies to surfboard designers and digital media firms.
We recently established a new scheme to help more established enterprises gain funding and support. Dubbed In|FUSE, the initiative provides up to £150,000 worth of investment, in addition to significant business mentoring.
The scheme reflects a growing appetite among private investors to back the ideas and innovation emerging from universities. All Falmouth students, graduates and staff are eligible to apply.