Careers Service

START UP Funding


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

Whatever big or small opportunity you're pursuing and whether it’s part of a business, freelance career or social enterprise, we’ll consider your request.

We can issue smaller grants for business exploration up to £250 and larger ones for existing ventures up to £3,000 or any amount in between to current students and graduates up to three years from all stages, subjects and sectors.

We previously ran several open calls for the 'START UP Fund' but we're now making grants available all year round, with regular selection panels taking place. To access grant funding, simply meet with a Start-up Adviser to discuss your needs. Attend our next START UP Essentials workshop or book an initial appointment with us if you're not already working with an adviser.

This funding is thanks to the support of Santander X, through Santander Universities UK. It is equity-free and will be awarded to individuals or teams with a clear, genuine need for finances to progress a pre-trading or early-stage UK-based business opportunity. For further details, read our START UP Grants Terms and Conditions.