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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? Know you want to be a freelancer but worried about the reality of it? We offer a host of workshops, events 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 Enterprise scholarships

We offer scholarships over eight weeks in the summer. These scholarships give you the opportunity to work to and develop your own ideas. Find out more about Summer Enterprise Scholarships via InfoHub, including details regarding eligibility requirements, key dates and information.

Launch Space

Have you graduated in the last three years in the UK and have a business idea you’d like to put into action? Launch Space provides free desk space and business support for graduate start-up businesses in the heart of our University Enterprise Zone.  

Funding opportunities

Try-It, Launch-It awards

Get financial support for a new business through the Try-It (£125-£500) and Launch-It (£1250) awards, sponsored by Santander Universities. Open to all UWE Bristol students. Find out more about our Try-It and Launch-It awards via InfoHub.

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 new business idea. Find out about the Santander Dragons’ Den funding (InfoHub login required).

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 Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our calendar of events.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. This year, GEW will take place from Monday 18 November, with a host of workshops, events and activities taking place across our UWE campuses. 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 during GEW.

UWE Bristol Enterprise Week 2020

UWE Bristol Enterprise host its own enterprise week every year in February. This year Enterprise Week will take place on Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020. Find our more about UWE Bristol Enterprise Week, 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. Some examples this year include Dragons' Den, Pitch-a-thon and pop-up shops (via InfoHub). These are aimed at developing 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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