University of Nottingham

Empowering enterprising technicians

As a technician,

  • do you work in an environment where your role requires you to transfer your skills and knowledge to others?
  • do you use any systems or kit that could be adapted to improve your work, a process or the way you assist others?
  • have you ever thought that if a component could be changed the process would run much smoother or quicker?

If so, YES is an opportunity to help you bring out your creative ideas while teaching you skills across the areas of business, finance and product development.

Hear first-hand from Ross Wilson, Russell Wilson and Sunny Sunshine what it was like to be part of YES


YES24 starts on Wednesday 18 September between 2-4.30pm with three consecutive weeks of online training. These sessions will give participants the know-how on all aspects of starting a new business. Sessions will be recorded.

Throughout October and into early November, mentors will answer questions, give advice and provide a focus whilst the team builds their pitch deck. These meetings will be conducted online at a mutually convenient time for the mentor and the team.

During this time, we are hosting lunch&learn every Wednesday 1-2pm to introduce more new topics on different facets of business. Sessions will be recorded.

Oral business plan pitches are delivered in November and December. Participants will deliver their pitch face to face at one of the host innovation centres.

The best pitches from each innovation centre will be invited to showcase in London on 29 January and compete for a prize fund of £10k. All involved in YES24 will be welcome at the showcase.


As part of our commitment to driving change and ensuring technicians are recognised and valued in higher education, we have a number of fully-funded places to participate in YES24.


This funding opportunity is open to technical professionals from a UK higher education or research institution. Manager’s approval is required.

Email Tracey Hassall-Jones to find out more and/or access one of the fully-funded places.

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Ross Wilson

Sunny Sunshine

Russell Wilson


Your Entrepreneurs Scheme

  • Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • Jubilee Campus
  • Nottingham, NG8 1BB