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Enterprise support programmes, funding, and opportunities

Do you have an idea that you would like to explore? Ever wanted to run your own business or project but unsure of where to start? We offer internship programmes and funding opportunities to give you the opportunity to work on your own idea.

Support programmes

Entrepreneur Support Programme

The Entrepreneur Support Programme aims to help you take your business from the ideas stage through to proof-of-concept. We do this by giving you a range of support, tools, and guidance to help develop both you and your venture. If you are interested in learning more about this programme, including key dates, deadlines and eligibility, please visit InfoHub (login required).

Summer self-employed internships

We offer self-employed internships over eight weeks in the summer. These internships give you the opportunity to work on and develop your own ideas. View more information about self-employed enterprise internships, including details regarding eligibility requirements, key dates and information.

Self-employed placements

If you are on a course in either the Faculty of Environment and Technology or the Bristol Business School, then you can apply to undertake a one-year self-employed placement as part of your degree. UWE Bristol Enterprise offer a support programme to give you the opportunity to work on your own idea and see if it can become a viable business. See the self-employed placements information for eligibility requirements, key dates and information.

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa

We are pleased to be able to support NON-EEA international graduates who have an innovative and exciting business idea to obtain the new Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa. View details about international graduate entrepreneurships, including eligibility requirements, key dates and information.

Funding opportunities


UWE Hubbub is a crowdfunding platform that allows you to raise money for your business idea, research, or project. UWE Bristol Enterprise gives you the support to craft the perfect campaign, as well as workshops on how to market it to help you reach your crowdfunding goals.

Social Enterprise Try-It Awards

Funding opportunities for students and alumni* who have a social enterprise idea, or are looking to set up their own social enterprise. Find out more about our social enterprise grants.

*Please contact us if you are an alumni as certain restrictions apply.

Dragons’ Den

As part of the partnership agreement with Santander Universities Global Division, UWE Bristol Enterprise have up to £5,000 available to support students with an existing business or business idea. Find out about the Santander Dragons’ Den funding.

Other Opportunities

UWE Bristol Enterprise run a range of other activities throughout the year. We do add or adapt activities, so please follow us on social media to keep up to date with our calendar of events.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Last year, GEW ran from 14 November to 20 November 2016. Search our events via InfoHub, or follow us on social media to learn how you can get involved with our week of enterprise activities during GEW.

UWE Bristol Enterprise Week

UWE Bristol Enterprise host its own enterprise week every year in February. This year, the week of packed activities, events, and opportunities ran from 13 February to 19 February 2017. Search our events via InfoHub, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn how you can get involved with our week of enterprise activities.

Pop-up shops, challenges and competitions

UWE Bristol enterprise runs various challenges and competitions throughout the year. This year we will be running a £20 challenge, PIE challenge, and pop-up shops (login required) to develop your enterprise skills and ability to recognise opportunities. Please search via InfoHub and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information on how to get involved.

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