Financial support and funding for start-ups and business ideas

A range of funding opportunities to help you get your idea off the ground or take it to the next level, from pitching competitions to start-up scholarships.

Summer enterprise scholarships

Do you have a great idea that could change the world?

Would you like the opportunity to engage the public in your research or on a topic that’s important to you?

Our summer enterprise scholarships allow you to do just that. Divided into two strands – the Start-up Scholarship and the Impact and Innovation Scholarship – you can use your summer to transform a business idea into reality. You’ll receive £1,000 alongside mentoring to help bring your ideas to life, and access to a city centre retail unit to test trade and engage with the public.

"Being involved in the scholarship programme has been amazing. Totally life changing. I was well out of my comfort zone with almost 100% of it, but it’s been wonderful to feel so supported and nurtured."

UWE Bristol student, Start-up Scholarship

UWE Bristol student Start-up Scholarship

Dragons' Den

We hold an annual Dragons' Den-style pitching event, in partnership with Santander Universities, to support the growth of existing student businesses or social enterprise. Up to ten of the best ideas are chosen to be pitched in front of a panel of judges, with the chance of winning up to £5,000.


You could win up to £500 through Pitch-A-Thon, our live pitching competition where you can present any idea, business or improvement of an existing concept in front of your peers and a panel of judges. To find out more please contact

'Try It' and 'Launch It' Awards

Get financial support for a new business through the ‘Try It Awards', sponsored by Santander Universities. Open to all UWE Bristol students. To find out more please contact

External funding

Our team are also able to help signpost you towards external funding opportunities. Submit a question through My Questions in InfoHub (login required) to find out more.

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