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Darren Chouings FRSA

Freelance Animator / Startup Coach / Production Manager

Darren Chouings leads startup support for social entrepreneurs at The University of Sheffield. Alongside supporting the development of these businesses, Darren also designs acceleration programmes that support local enterprise and international partner institutions. This support has been delivered to both Central Asian and South Korean Universities.

Having worked in enterprise and entrepreneurship education at both The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, Darren has gained great experience in supporting student and graduate entrepreneurs and contributing to the wider cities support ecosystem.

In these roles he has supported students, designed workshops and presented at both national and international conferences including EEUK events and the International Enterprise Educators Conference. 

Passionate about entrepreneurship, Darren also manages a UK based international contemporary art events programme (PRISM) and works as a freelance animator and production manager in Europe.


  • National Social Enterprise UK Inspiring Youth award (shortlist) / November 2015
  • UnLtd’s SEE Change conference, Innovation in delivery award - Connecting Communities / June 2015
  • Universities Business Challenge / Overall National Winner / March 2015
  • Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Staff Member of the Year Award 2013 / July 2013
  • Outstanding HEI Supporting Social Entrepreneurship – New to Social Enterprise (1st Runner up) / July 2013 / Sheffield Hallam University


  • EEUK Developing social entrepreneurs across education settings and age groups, May 2016
  • UnLtd SEE Change Conference 2016, Scaling Impact and Growing Support for Social Entrepreneurs in the Education & Youth Sectors, Royal College of Art, April 2016
  • IEEC Social Enterprise City - UnLtd Possibilities, September 2015
  • Dotforge Social Impact conference / Next Generation - Tech and Social, what are we doing to inspire the next generation? April 2015
  • Working in Arts and Digital Events Management, Sheffield Hallam University, January 2015
  • 5 Years UnLtd & HEI, A Celebration Event ,Panelist, November 2014
  • IEEC 2D Social entrepreneurship: SEE Change in your community, Sept 2014
  • Education Perspective, Adventures In Social Entrepreneurship, Google Campus London, May 2014
  • Dream, Act, Inspire, Sharp Project Manchester for UnLtd, May 2014
  • NUS National Conference as Social Enterprise Panelist, April 2013
  • Festival of the Mind, Sheffield, September 2012  v