Careers Service

START UP Funding

START UP Fund 2021

For eligible students who want to grow an early-stage business opportunity.

Creating opportunities

The first START UP Fund took place in January 2021, when we awarded £40,000 in equity-free grant funding, thanks to the generous support of Santander Universities UK, when 15 recipients responded to our competitive open call with strong applications and compelling pitches. Read about the previous grant recipients.

The second START UP Fund is underway with £30,000 to be awarded in grants of either £500, £1,500 or £3000 to eligible individuals or teams with a clear, genuine need for finances to progress an early-stage business or advanced business idea. Applications closed on 21 November 2021.

Realising potential

The guide below gives more information on this funding opportunity including eligibility, judging criteria, the application and selection process, terms and conditions, and what is expected of START UP Fund recipients.   

Download an accessible version of the START UP Fund 2021 Information Guide (PDF:255KB).