Open Category Enterprises


Interested in setting up a food enterprise on your university or college campus? 

We only have funding to support a few more enterprises so APPLY NOW!! 

What is as an 'open category' social enterprise?

If you're interested in setting up a student-led food enterprise then apply in our open category!
A social enterprise is a business which trades with the purpose of tackling social issues; whether that is a community, individual or environmental problem. These enterprises make their money from selling goods or services, but here’s the clever bit, they reinvest their profits back into the local community, their social group (i.e. a club/society) or the enterprise itself. This means that when the enterprise succeeds people & communities benefit as well. For more information visit

When concocting your project, bear in mind it needs to:

  • Be student-led with students’ union staff support.
  • Sell sustainable food.
  • Operate as a social enterprise.

Why set up a food based enterprise?

Good for you, good for your institution, good for your community.

  • Fresh affordable food for students, staff and members of the public.
  • Provides real-life experience of setting up and running a business.
  • An opportunity to see your ideas come to life.
  • Enhances employability skills – leadership, teamwork, planning etc.
  • A great way for emerging student enterprises and societies to market their products.
  • Potential income generation for your students’ union or society.
  • A chance to raise awareness about the importance of buying sustainable food.
  • Supports the local economy and community partnerships.

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How we can help you

  • Mentoring & training from the NUS Student Eats team
  • Free Resources to support you to set up and run a successful food enterprise
  • Start up costs of up to £1000

Thinking of applying?

Download our guidance document and view our example answer.

We only have funding to support a few more enterprises so APPLY NOW!!