SurreyIDEA Offices
About Us


Our new Surrey Innovation and Digital Enterprise Academy – The SurreyIDEA – is the first of its kind in Europe. As well as supporting your development as an entrepreneur, we offer scholarships that provide funding for your studies, then join you as a part-owner of the business and intellectual property you create on the programme.

SurreyIDEA is inspired by, and developed from, our highly successful Young Person’s University programme, which we’ve run here at the Surrey Business School every July since 2015. The 30-40 Year 12 and 13 students who attend each year are bright, motivated and often incredibly entrepreneurial, but many don’t come from traditional university-going backgrounds, so are dropping out of the system after A-levels. We think this is a terrible waste, so we give them a chance to see if uni really is for them. After a week with us, most go on to apply to university – and usually get in.

andy adcroft
Andy Adcroft - Head of School
will lanham-new
William Lanham-New, Programme Director
gavin whichello
Gavin Whichello, Visiting Professor
donna shanks
Donna Shanks, SurreyIDEA Manager