Santander Universities is offering over £90,000 of equity-free seed funding for new business ideas, through the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Other prizes include access to a mentor and a fully-funded intern, as well as funding, accelerator week and mentorship for runners up.
Who can apply?
All applicants must be students or alumni who have officially graduated within 2 years of the date of submission from a Santander UK partner university.
Applicants can be individuals or groups. There is no limit to a group size but any pitching at events is limited to 2 people.
Throughout the process applicants must be legally residing within the UK.
All businesses taking part in the competition must be registered UK companies.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Students or alumni must own a majority share in the business and be responsible for the direction and leadership of the organisation. This would normally include holding the title of CEO, Founder or Co-Founder.
A link to a two minute video outlining the idea behind your business, with a clear explanation of the problem that you're solving for customers, and how winning the competition would help your business grow.
A completed business model canvas which gives an insight into the inner workings of your business/idea. There is a guide (see below) which you should follow.
Monday 8 April 2019, 5pm: Upload your application by the deadline.
Wednesday 17 April 2019: University of Oxford finalists will be announced
May 2019: Shortlisted businesses will be notified
June 2019: Regional heats
August 2019: Accelerator week for regional winners