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National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs
Formation2009 (2009)
FounderVictoria Lennox
TypeStudent organization
Registration no.1139550
Legal statusCharity
PurposePromotion of student entrepreneurship
  • United Kingdom
Over 200 student societies
Holly Knower
John MacIntyre

The National Association of College & University Entrepreneurs, abbreviated to and operating as NACUE, is a national organisation in the United Kingdom that promotes entrepreneurship amongst students in higher education and further education. It supports student enterprise societies at colleges and universities, through its existing network of 240 enterprise societies, as well as assisting new societies.

NACUE was founded in 2009, bringing together twelve enterprise societies at universities across the country.[1] It became a charity in 2011, by which time its network consisted of 70 societies.[2] At this stage, the government set an aim of having an enterprise society at every university in the country, with the network growing to 130 societies by 2013, almost 200 by 2014,[3] and over 240 by 2015.[4]

NACUE also organises events throughout the year. NACUE's largest event is the annual Student Enterprise Conference;[5] the most recent conference, in March 2017,at the University of Lincoln. Other member institutions who have hosted in the last seven years include UCL, Liverpool John Moores and jointly at Sheffield Hallam Universities and The Sheffield College. [6] [7] The Student Enterprise Conference is Europe's largest conference dedicated to student enterprise.[6]

NACUE's CEO is Holly Knower, while its chairman is John MacIntyre.[4]


  1. ^ Tims, Anna (24 February 2012). "Rise and rise of student entrepreneurs". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  2. ^ Tyler, Richard (24 January 2011). "Student entrepreneurship 'matures'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ Matthews, David (2 May 2013). "Cable welcomes entrepreneurial 'upsurge'". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "About". NACUE. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  5. ^ Ose, Julieta (19 February 2014). "Breathing oxygen into enterprise". The Times. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b Hodgson, Neil (23 January 2015). "Liverpool to host Europe's biggest student enterprise conference". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  7. ^ "UCL and the National Student Enterprise Conference". University College London. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2014.

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