The University of Bristol has strong links with some world leading sponsors, meaning we can offer our students some great opportunities including significant grant funding to help you launch your start-up. Each year we can give up to £40,000 in funding to UoB student and staff business ideas.

The New Enterprise Competition

The New Enterprise Competition is a three-stage competition, giving you the opportunity to apply for grant funding at every stage of your Start-up journey from idea conception, development to growth of your venture.

Whether the idea is early stage or more developed, there will be an opportunity for you to apply for grant funding and support. Ideas can be social enterprises, charities, or traditional business models, it doesn't matter! What we look for are good ideas we believe could be developed into a viable business

Please note, you don't need to enter any particular stage before applying for a later stage in the competition and you can apply to every stage.

Find out about previous successful candidates.

How does it work?

  • Start-up Ideas - funding of up to £200 to trial and test your ideas. Just book in and pitch your idea to us. 
  • Start-up Development - funding of up to £1,000 to validate and prove your business concept.
  • Start-up Growth - available funding of up to £20,000 and pro-bono support from our sponsors to develop and grow your start-up into a full-scale operation. 

Applications will re-open in the Autumn, if you planning to apply please email or book an appointment if you would like to speak to us about this.

Am I eligible?

The New Enterprise Competition Ideas and Development stages are open to any current University of Bristol student or graduate from the last 3 years.

The Growth stage is also open to University of Bristol staff members

This competition is for new enterprises. Your business/charity/social enterprise ideas are ineligible if they have been trading for more than 6 months. If you have any questions over your eligibility then please email us at


We support a small number of students on self-employed internships. Each summer the Basecamp team provides aspiring entreprenurs with support to maximise their potential by gaining access to grant funding, mentoring and a network. Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Since 2011, Santander has held an annual business pitching competition called the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. These awards are aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from our UK partner universities.

Participants can win a range of prizes including seed funding, mentoring and start-up support. Since the competition's launch, we've given away more than £340,000 to entrepreneurs from across the UK.

Applications are evaluated and selected by the Basecamp Enterprise team. Applications for 2019 are now closed, the competition will re-open in 2020.

External Start-up Competitions and Funding Opportunities

  • Find a list of other opportunities here

New enterprise competition development stage - apply now

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