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START UP Funding


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

Advance your business

Thanks to the generous support of Santander X, through Santander Universities UK, the START UP Fund awards equity-free funding in grants up to £3,000 to eligible individuals or teams with a clear, genuine need for finances to progress an early-stage business or advanced business idea. 

Just like the broader START UP offer, this fund is available to students and graduates for up to 3 years from all subject areas, all sectors and all segments of the self-employed from independent professionals and freelancers to company builders, social entrepreneurs and so on.

The first open call awarded £40,000 in January 2021, and the second awarded £22,000 in November 2021. The third call closed on 27 February 2022 and will make awards soon. 

If you have any questions about the START UP Fund or similar opportunities, please email us via MyCareer.