Make your ideas a reality - apply for up to £,1000 startup funding

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You could get a non-repayable grant of up to £1,000 for your startup ideas

  • 16 November 2020
  • 5 min read

Our Student StartUp Team in collaboration with Santander Universities are offering you the chance to apply for startup funding to develop your startup ideas.

Whether you need funding to help test an idea, do some market research or develop an existing startup, this funding is for you. It may be that your business idea may not work 100% with the pandemic going on but as long as you can show us your vision that is absolutely fine.

We have two grants available:

  • Explore Fund: Apply for up to £300 to test an idea
  • Develop Fund: Apply for up to £1,000 to develop your idea to the next stage

The funding is open to all current students and graduates (up to 5 years). If you have previously received funding from us you can still apply - make sure you highlight the impact any previous funding has had in your development.

This startup funding is a grant, meaning you don't pay the money back. 

Visit our website to find out more and apply.

Application Deadline: 11:59pm - Sunday 13 December 2020

Startup Success

Previous ideas range from mobile apps to interactive sound healing in schools, from board games to fashion design, from a bespoke sustainable knitting company to an online productivity tool, from personal training services to crisis communications and much more.

Here are two startups that we have funded who are doing great things:
lucy o'connor

Virtually Boxing

Lucy O'Connor is a MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology student and her business Virtually Boxing is a purpose driven company that combines boxing with virtual reality technology to allow everyone the opportunity to compete and be a boxing champion, without getting punched in the nose! The company's aim is to make boxing more fun, safer and more inclusive.


eloise Houghton

Fat Stacks

Eloise Houghton is a Business Management with Entrepreneurship graduate and Founder of Fat Stacks, a pancake business, selling stacks of fluffy, American-style pancakes, sandwiched with a mixture of sweet and savoury toppings. They offer pancakes for delivery as well as having a market stall. There are a range of specials, as well as a create-your-own menu, where customers are encouraged to be able to create fun, random, flavour combinations for their pancakes.

Some top tips when completing your application:

  • Assume no one knows about your idea, explain it in a clear and concise way
  • Impact is key, so explain how the funding will help - how will it make a difference?
  • Be realistic with how much you are asking for. If you can provide a breakdown of what the money would be spent on, that's really helpful
  • Think about what makes you different - we get lots of applications so make yourself stand out
  • Any questions, ask the Student StartUp Team. We can't review your application before you submit but we can answer questions you may have

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about your idea or application please do not hesitate to get in contact by emailing

Don't forget we have our Enterprise Clinic that runs every Wednesday 2pm-4pm and every Friday 9.30am-11.30am. These are currently running virtually and can be booked by emailing or searching 'Enterprise Advice' on the Appointment tab of MyCareer.

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