Funding Enterprising Ideas

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If you have an idea for a business or other initiative there are a number of ways you can try out new ideas by tapping in to funding, networks and support to make things happen.

Lancaster University Enterprise Fund

Through our partnership with Santander Universities we are able to offer early stage enterprise activity, initiatives and fledgling businesses small amounts of seed funding to make ideas happen, and develop new products and services (max. £500).

Details of the fund, eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

A number of enterprising students have already benefited from the Enterprise Fund and here are just a few examples of what opportunities it can unlock:

Thomas Young and Fraser Williams put their Enterprise Award towards travel and accommodation costs when they went to Silicon Valley back in April 2015 to meet potential investors and tech entrepreneurs.

Thomas Young and Fraser Williams put their Enterprise Award towards travel and accommodation costs when they went to Silicon Valley back in April 2015 to meet potential investors and tech entrepreneurs.

In November 2015, Alex Tkachev and Tim Seabrook commissioned a

In November 2015, Alex Tkachev and Tim Seabrook commissioned a “How it Works” video for their startup, Supp Ltd.

The 2016 Lancaster FLUX team accessed funding to attend the National Apprentice Challenge 2016. Here they continued to develop their enterprise skills and competitive mindsets...

The 2016 Lancaster FLUX team accessed funding to attend the National Apprentice Challenge 2016. Here they continued to develop their enterprise skills and competitive mindsets…

Sebastien, Patrizia and Kyaw were in China on a University placement when they heard they had made it to the final of Santander's Big Ideas competition 2016. Their funding enabled them to get back to the UK... and win the national competition!

Sebastien, Patrizia and Kyaw were in China on a University placement when they heard they had made it to the final of Santander’s Big Ideas competition 2016. Their funding enabled them to get back to the UK… and win the national competition!

Ze Macedo of Kaizen Academy used his funding to work with student filmmaker Harry McGill to produce promotional videos for the mixed martial arts academy.

Ze Macedo of Kaizen Academy used his funding to work with student filmmaker Harry McGill to produce promotional videos for the mixed martial arts academy.

Other sources of funding

  • Gov.uk is an award winning go-to website for all UK businesses seeking information and support.
  • Funding Central is a free smart website for the whole voluntary and community sector, including social enterprise.
  • Lancaster Community Benefits Fund has been developed to share the benefits of Lancaster University Wind Turbine with the local community. The fund offers grants to local community groups to fund community and environmental projects in the Lancaster District.

If you hear of any other sources of funding for ideas of business be sure to let us know so we can share them with others at enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk.