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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?
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.

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Maddie Booth, BASc Global Sustainable Development, Warwick Cup

After receiving the £500 award from the Student Enterprise Fund, Hollie, Maddie and Ellie launched Warwick Cup, a reusable cup scheme aimed at revolutionising the consumption culture on Warwick Campus.

Amber Pocklington, BA English Literature, Hip Hop to Help

After receiving funding from both the Student Enterprise and Lord Rootes Funds, Amber started Hip Hop to Help which provides free dance classes to schools, universities and the community ensuring every student has the chance to experience the joy of dancing, as well as to raise money for charity.

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Alex Balderstone, BSc International Business with French, Kaiku

After receiving funding from both the Student Enterprise and Lord Rootes Funds, Amber started Hip Hop to Help which provides free dance classes to schools, universities and the community ensuring every student has the chance to experience the joy of dancing, as well as to raise money for charity.

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Mads Hoefer, BSc PPE, Animals’ Move

Mads Hoefer tells his entrepreneurship journey, from his endeavours creating a small business pre-university, to winning Warwick Apprentice, starting various projects including Animals’ Move and Icycle, and competing in worldwide innovation competitions including the Hult prize whilst at university, to finally reflecting on his entrepreneurship innovation journey post university.
































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 or our Innovation Fellow Sukhi Ruparelia is happy to help. Get in contact via the contact details above or book a time slot in this booking form. 

We also have drop-in slots available every Wednesday 12:00-13:00 in The Climb with Sukhi - book your slot by emailing sukhi.ruparelia@warwick.ac.uk.


How do I apply?

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

Your idea will only be shared with those necessary for the funding opportunity

Application Form

Next Application round will open October 2021.

Deadline: 9am (GMT) Monday 29th November

Any questions/to register your interest, 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 2021Ingenuity 2021

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.