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.

What you need to do next

Upload your entry by 5pm, Monday 8 April 2019

  • 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, 5pmUpload 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
  • October 2019: National finals in London



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