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Student Enterprise Fund

  • Do you think you have found an innovative solution to a problem or challenge?
  • Have you got an idea for a new start-up or social enterprise project?
  • Need extra money to help turn your idea into a reality?

***Apologies, we are no longer accepting applications to the Student Enterprise Fund at present***

- For those interested in other alternative funding and support we would recommend either booking a 1:1 with one of our team members, so that we can support you with your idea development and/or visit our funding webpage to review other opportunities. Please note: Lord Rootes may offer the best internal suitable alternative to the Student Enterprise Fund.

What is the Student Enterprise Fund?

The University of Warwick is supporting student enterprise and helping the next generation of entrepreneurial graduates. TheStudent Enterprise Fundis aimed at students who have an innovative idea that solves an existing problem. Recipients of the Student Enterprise Fund can use the funds to make their project, social enterprise or start-up become reality. 

Students at Warwick have the opportunity to apply for a proof of concept grant of up to £500 per competition round, and £1000 in total per academic year. Recipients will also be offered a package of development support, workshops, events and networking opportunities. 

Who is it for?

The Student Enterprise Fund is for entrepreneurial student projects, business start-ups and social enterprises subject to terms and conditions. To be eligible for the Student Enterprise Fund you must meet all of the following criteria: 

  • Upon application you are currently registered as a student at the University of Warwick; this includes undergraduate and postgraduate (taught and research) students. 
  • Any future project/business/social enterprise will operate in the United Kingdom. 

Need some Inspiration? 

Here are some case studies to showcase what students have achieved with the support of the Student Enterprise Fund and the Warwick Enterprise community. The variety of projects ranges from campus-based projects to globally operating start-ups/social enterprises.

Mountains
Mountains

Maddie Booth, BASc Global Sustainable Development, Warwick Cup

Amber Pocklington, BA English Literature, Hip Hop to Help

Mountains
Mountains

Alex Balderstone, BSc International Business with French, Kaiku

Mountains
Mountains

Mads Hoefer, BSc PPE, Animals’ Move


Sample - Key dates
  • Monday 26th October 2020 - Applications Open.
  • Sunday 24th January 2021 - Applications Close. (11:59pm GMT)
  • Wednesday 27th January 2021 - Entrants will be notified whether they've been successfully shortlisted.
  • Week commencing 1st February 2021 - Those shortlisted will have access to pitch development support.
  • Weeks commencing 8th and 15th February 2021 - Pitching your idea.
Can I get some support with my idea/application?

Yes, we are not expecting your ideas to be fully formed. If you need support with your application, our Enterprise Development Officer Debbie Smith and our Innovation Fellow Johannes Pittgens are happy to help. Get in contact via the contact details above or book a time slot in this booking form. 


How do I apply?

***We are no longer accepting applications for this round of Student Enterprise Fund*** (Please see above)

Application Process

1. Sign into your University of Warwick IT account.

2. Complete the application form, including the video upload. To qualify, your video pitch will observe the following:

  • video length not exceeding 120 seconds
  • file size not exceeding 250 megabytes
  • file format is either mp4, mov, mpeg, mpg or avi.
  • the quality & content of your enterprise proposal will be considered, rather than the production quality of the sound & video.

3. If you are successful at the application stage you will be invited to pitch (on video call) in front of a selection panel, and will be given one-to-one coaching in preparation for your pitch.

Exceptions

Successful applicants - Can only receive up to £500 for each round of the competition, and up to £1,000 within any academic year. Otherwise there is no limit to how many times you can apply, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.
Unsuccessful applicants - Are welcome to re-apply with a new idea or can re-apply with their original idea, as long as they have taken on board panel feedback and developed their idea in line with this feedback.

FAQ's
Application Form

If you have any questions, please contact enterprise@warwick.ac.uk

Other Funding Opportunities

We also have other funding opportunities available (and can direct you to external opportunities) please contact us to discuss further.

Student Enterprise Projects

Lord Rootes Memorial FundLord Rootes Memorial Fund

Project funding from £100 to £3000 to help students turn their ideas into reality.

Applications currently closed


Student Enterprise Projects

Ingenuity 2020Ingenuity 2020

Ingenuity 2020 is a nationwide programme pioneered by the University of Nottingham; and we, the University of Warwick, are very proud to be hosting Ingenuity West Midlands, enabling us to explore challenges with a regional focus.


Student Enterprise Fund