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START UP Funding


For eligible students who want to grow a pre-trading or early-stage business.

Advance your business

Thanks to the support of Santander X, through Santander Universities UK, START UP awards equity-free grant funding up to £3,000 to eligible individuals or teams with a clear, genuine need for finances to progress a pre-trading or early-stage business opportunity. 

Like the broader START UP offer, this funding is available to students and graduates up to 3 years from all subjects, sectors and areas of the self-employed including company builders, social entrepreneurs, sole traders and freelancers.

In 2021, we ran several open calls for the 'START UP Fund', awarding £62,000 in total. We're now making grants available all year round, with regular selection panels taking place. To access grant funding, you must already be working with a Start-up Adviser.

Read our START UP Grants Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions, email your Start-up Adviser. To begin working with a Start-up Adviser, get in touch via MyCareer.