Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I sign up for The Hive?
: We're not membership based, just get in touch if you have a business idea or attend one of our events if you're interested but not quite ready yet to get started. Anyone is more than welcome.

Q: Do I need a business idea to get involved?
A: Not really. With our main programs (i.e. HeadStart, SmarTrak) you must have some sort of idea, but we run events such as Thirsty Thursday, plus facilitate the Enactus NTU team and Entrepreneurs Club that don't require a business idea.

Q: Do I have to pay?
: Most of our networking events and activities have no cost attached but, if you are not a student at NTU then there will be some charges for the support we provide to help you start up your business.

Q: Do I have to be an NTU student or graduate?
A: No, you can be student, staff, graduate, alumni, a graduate from elsewhere or indeed anyone with a viable business idea based in Nottingham.

Q: Are you only available to students from Nottingham Business School?
: No, we're available to the whole of the University.

Q: Do you grant funding?
: Not directly. However we are up to date on any potential funds available elsewhere and provide routes and support to your applications to access such funding.

Q: What if I have loads of business ideas?
: Great! Come and talk to us about them and we can help you focus on one that has true potential.

Q: Should I just come visit when I want to talk?
: It can get pretty busy here, so if you want to have a meeting with someone from The Hive simply ring up or email us and we can book an appointment. However our door is open to visitors, so if someone is available, we are happy to have a chat.

Q: Do I need a business plan?
A: No, to apply for one of the programs you must have an idea and a vision, however from there we help you develop your own business plan.

Q: Where are you based?
: We are based in the Maudslay building, on Goldsmith Street. As you enter the building you'll see some stairs to the left of the reception desk. We are at the top of these stairs. Download a location map PDF icon .

If your question is not answered above please email us or call us on +44 (0)115 848 4354.