Practical and Hands-On Support
A great strategy is no use without the time and resources to act on it. Sussex Innovation's Catalyst Team places skilled University of Sussex graduates and placement year students into your business when there are too many projects and not enough hands. They're fully mentored and supported by our senior advisors, bringing fresh energy into your team and relieving the pressure of your to-do list. We make the internship process flexible, efficient and stress-free, giving you back time to spend on the business.
Our Catalyst Management Team
Simon Chuter - Student Enterprise Manager
Simon oversees the Catalyst Team and student enterprise at Sussex Innovation. His expertise and commitment to social impact has seen him work in the fundraising sector for over a decade. Now his dual goal is to support businesses with a purpose beyond profit, and to nurture and develop the next generation of talent emerging from the University of Sussex.
Simon has worked on several key projects for our members, including with Uniqodo supporting them with their monthly business review meetings. He also ran a Growth Hub with five founders exploring different paths to scaling their business, with a focus on sales and marketing. Simon’s work on student enterprise has seen him mentor numerous young entrepreneurs who have gone on to great success, raising funding, growing their team and becoming commercially sustainable.
Outside of the office, Simon enjoys playing and watching sport, and is passionate about spending time with his family. He’s the person our members always call whenever they need help getting their to-do lists done.
Eva Poliszczuk - Catalyst Project Manager
Eva manages the Catalyst team alongside Simon at Sussex Innovation. She’s a trusted team member who knows all there is to know about managing projects and supporting the team in delivery and development.
She has a wealth of experience in marketing communications – including managing the centres’ and some core members’ social media platforms, as well as creating and editing content for the Catalyst website. Eva is passionate about promoting cultural and social diversity. Her expertise and commitment to the company has seen her win Enterprising Young Person of the Year at the Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2019.
At Sussex Innovation, Eva’s goal is to nurture the team to develop a stronger sense of their purpose at work. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her either curled up with a book or in the pub with her friends.
The Catalyst Team
The Catalyst Team are our fresh group of graduates and placement-year students from the University of Sussex that provide business support for our members. We hire our team on a rotational basis and are currently on our 7th intake.
The team work in a flexible manner, giving SMEs the opportunity to bring help onboard to complete projects, without the commitment and expense of hiring an employee.
Outside of work hours, you can find the Catalyst Team on Brighton beach or at Boxpark Croydon enjoying a couple of drinks and maybe a spot of karaoke.
The team provides a great opportunity for Sussex students to try work on a range of projects over the course of the year while making a real difference to the business they work for. You can rely on the to work hard and play hard.
"We had a great experience of bringing in interns on an ad-hoc basis into the company. In everything from modifying our website, handling social media and data collection, the access to resources we need from the Catalyst Team has been extremely helpful."
Graeme Cox - co-founder, Emteq
"The Catalyst Team has actually been a big part of Finder's growth. It's the ideal solution...to be able to phone up and get some more resources allocated is fantastic. Really good grads, from a really good university, and we've actually gone on to hire one of them full-time."
Jon Ostler - CEO (UK), Finder.com