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Santander Universities Proof of Concept Funding

Up to £500 of funding to help you research, test and refine your ideas.

More details and how to apply

A proof of concept is a small exercise designed to test your enterprise idea. The main purpose of developing a proof of concept is to see whether your idea is viable or not. 

Who is eligible

Students and graduates from the last 3 years.

Support for your application

Sign up to our workshop on Wednesday 19 June 2019

How to enter

Apply online until 21 June 2019.


Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards - Closed for 2019

Top prize of £20,000 worth of funding and business support.

More details and how to apply

The 2019 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards are now open. Following its success in previous years, we're excited to offer you support in applying for funding for your ideas.  

Who is eligible

Students and graduates from the last 2 years.

How to enter

Goldsmiths gets to select two student businesses to enter into the Awards. To be in with a chance of being selected you will need to complete a Business Model Canvas.

Business Model Canvas

A Business Model Canvas is a template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It’s a visual chart with elements describing a firm or product's value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances.

Your business model describes the way in which a business creates value and generates profits or surpluses; a clear business model will help you create a more detailed and realistic business plan in future. 

Download a template: Business Model Canvas

Find out more about filling it in: Business Model Canvas Guide

Completed business model canvasses should be emailed to student-awards ( by 1 April 2019.

Support for your application

Sign up for our application workshop on Tuesday 19 March 2019

What happens next

In the first week of April, a Goldsmiths selection committee will review all the Business Model Canvasses we have received and choose the best two business ideas to take forward. The chosen two businesses will have to produce a short 2 minute pitch video by April 23rd to be submitted to Santander Universities alongside their Business Model Canvas.

Help and advice

Contact us at student-awards (

Santander Universities Prototyping Fund - Closed for 2019

Apply now for up to £500 of funding to create a prototype of your enterprise idea.

More details and how to apply

A prototype is an early sample, model, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from.

This fund is suitable for anyone who has researched and tested their enterprise ideas, and is ready to create a working prototype of their product or service. 

Please note that we are unable to fund projects that are assessed as part of your academic course, including degree shows.


Students and graduates from the last 3 years.

How to enter

Apply online until 1 April 2019.


Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs - Closed for 2019

£50,000 prize fund. £100,000 worth of business support. 5 winners.

More details and how to sign up

Deutsche Bank is working with MeWe360 to relaunch (DBACE) (Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs). In 2019, they are seeking and supporting creative entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30 who are driven by a mission to build and sustain social value through their enterprise.

Multiple info sessions and events are being held across the UK.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2019. Change makers, are you in?

Find out more and sign up to support event:

Goldsmiths Innovation Awards - Closed for 2018/19

Apply for up to £10,000 of funding to help you develop your ideas.

More details

Every year we're on the lookout for individuals or groups with exciting and entrepreneurial ideas for projects and businesses. Students at all levels of study are eligible to apply, as are recent alumni (graduated in the last two years).

It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at with your idea, we’re looking for innovative projects where funding and mentoring can make a real impact.

Participation in the Goldsmiths Innovation Awards is also the perfect preparation for anyone thinking of applying for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards, or other funding competitions.

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur - Closed for 2019

This competition offers three prizes of £20,000 each.

More details

Open to students and recent graduates from London Universities, the award is looking for business ideas that can improve the city that we live in.

This year the Mayor's Entrepreneur has expanded to include not one, not two, but three prizes of £20,000 each. The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition is searching for smart business ideas focused on one of the three awards in the Environment, Tech and Creative Industries sectors.

Full details at

GradVenture - Closed for 2018/19

Top prize of £5,000 and expert mentoring sessions. Visit the Gradventure website for full details.