The University of Bristol has strong links with some world leading sponsors, meaning we can offer our students some great opportunities including significant grant funding to help you launch your start-up. Each year we can give up to £40,000 in funding to UoB student and staff business ideas.

What is the New Enterprise Competition?

The New Enterprise Competition is a three tiered competition, giving you the opportunity to apply for grant funding at every stage of your Start-up journey from idea conception, development to growth of your venture.

Whether the idea is early stage or more developed, there will be an opportunity for you to apply for grant funding and support. Ideas can be social enterprises, charities, or traditional business models, it doesn't matter! What we look for are good ideas we believe could be developed into a viable business

Please note, you don't need to enter any particular stage before applying for a later stage in the competition and you can apply to every stage.

Find out about previous successful candidates

How does it work?

  • Start-up Ideas - funding of up to £200 to trial and test your ideas. Just book in and pitch your idea to us. Book your pitch now!
  • Start-up Development - funding of up to £1,000 to validate and prove your business concept.
  • Start-up Growth - available funding of up to £20,000 and pro-bono support from our sponsors to develop and grow your start-up into a full-scale operation. 

Am I eligible?

The New Enterprise Competition Ideas and Development stages are open to any current University of Bristol student or graduate from the last 3 years.

The Growth stage is also open to University of Bristol staff members

This competition is for new enterprises. Your business/charity/social enterprise ideas are ineligible if they have been trading for more than 6 months. If you have any questions over your eligibility then please email us at

Talk to us about your idea

Enterprise appointments take place on Thursdays from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Log into mycareer to book.

In addition, we offer support and events to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills.

New Enterprise Competition

Apply for the 'Ideas' round now.

Log in to mycareer to see all current enterprise events.

Book an enterprise consultation

Enterprise appointments take place on Thursdays from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Log in to mycareer to book.