Creative new start-up opened

DSC_0022 (1)Winner of Student and Graduate Startup of the Year Award at the 2017 Enterprise Awards, The Maker’s Guild, has just opened for business.

Set up by Ming Wu and Sam Asiri, who have been working with nestthe University’s start-up incubator, the Maker’s Guild is a unique makerspace based in a previously disused area of the Portsmouth Guildhall. As a creative co-working space, startups, freelancers or hobbyists can come together and work on their projects and use the tools and equipment provided. Access to the facility is on a membership basis, with various membership types including: full access, hot-desking and day passes.

Alongside this, the Maker’s Guild will develop workshops that will have social impact on the local community by offering tailored creative engagement sessions that would DSC_0037be available for all to take part in. These would range from small activities to improve skills, improve confidence and wellbeing, and enhance community cohesion by providing residents with opportunities to take part in a large creative group activity.

Whether you are a Portsmouth student, graduate or a local business that would like to get involved with supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs, you can find out more about the University’s student enterprise activities by emailing or taking a closer look at

The incubator supports University of Portsmouth students and recent graduates to develop their enterprise interests and talents, and to start commercial businesses and social enterprises. Support includes one-to-one coaching, specialist start-up programmes and workshops, expert presentations, business funding advice and networking opportunities. Services are free to all University of Portsmouth students and alumni who have graduated in the last five years.

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  1. Hi I was wondering if I could get help with my business start up.

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