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Testing & Piloting Grants 2020

Small grants funded by Santander Universities.

More details and how to apply

Applications are now open for two grants of £1000 & four grants of £500 each, funded by Santander Universities. The purpose of these grants is to enable you to test or pilot an aspect of your business idea.

We’re looking for well thought through and carefully costed proposals, which will clearly assist you in taking the next steps in your business, as a freelancer, a social entrepreneur or a business owner. You can be trading or pre-trading – in other words, you may be in the research and preparation phase, or you may already be trading.

Applications for these grants have now closed.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

A top prize of £30,000 seed funding plus business support.

More details and how to apply

The 2020 Santander Entrepreneurship Awards are now closed. Congratulations to Carly Attridge of the Loss Project, who was selected to represent Goldsmiths for the 2020 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

Information & how to apply for these awards in 2021 will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Help and advice

Contact us at student-awards (@gold.ac.uk)

Santander Universities Post-Covid Enterprise Awards

Apply to win £2,000 of funding to support your business.

More details and how to apply

The Covid-19 pandemic has left many enterprise owners, self-employed and freelancers in a volatile position, particularly as economic uncertainty has dramatically increased.

In partnership with Santander Universities, Goldsmiths would like to award 10 students and alumni (for up to three years after graduation) £2,000 each to help them advance their sustainable enterprise.

In addition, they will offer another 10 awards of £500 for applicants who need advice to develop their business. 

If you have an existing business model or business and are in need of support to move your enterprise forward then this could be the perfect opportunity for you. 

The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths will be leading the application and awarding process.

Applications are open from 1 July to 15 July 2020 at 5pm.

Eligibility

  • The awards will be open to both Goldsmiths students and alumni (for up to 3 years) from across Goldsmiths
  • The work of the individual has to address areas of society that have been impacted by Covid-19. For example, it could encompass issues of loneliness, loss of income, supply chains, food poverty, potential food waste, engagement with the arts; and should include a creative use of technology in the solution
  • We are particularly interested in applications that benefit the local area, but recognise that this need is global. Civic innovation and community impact are both essential drivers for Goldsmiths and Santander and will be a key part of the initiative
  • Awards will be given to those who can demonstrate what they have risked already to get to where they are, as well as indicate their long-term vision
  • The grant must be used in a way that demonstrably moves the enterprise forward. Applicants have to show how this money is going to accelerate their enterprise to sustainability
  • All successful awardees will be asked as part of their agreement to work with Goldsmiths to share impact of their award via Social Media, using the relevant Santander Universities hashtags: #SantanderUniUK #SantanderUniTogether
  • Goldsmiths will connect awardees with the Santander Universities Relationship Manager to offer a further layer of support and guidance, as an additional benefit

Applications for these grants have now closed.

Tata Varsity Pitch Competition 2020

A prize fund of £15,000 is available.

More details and how to apply

Are you a current university student or did you graduate after 2015? Are you running a business? Or do you have a business idea that could be the next big thing?

The prize fund is £15,000 & the categories you can apply for are Social Impact, Disruptive Business, Genuine Innovation, Creative & Design, Digital & Technical, & Ideas. You can enter your business or your idea into two of these categories.

The application deadline has been extended to 12 noon on Friday 28 August 2020.

You will find further information & details of how to apply here.

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 

£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). 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.

Find out more about these awards here: www.dbace.org

Details of the 2021 Awards will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Goldsmiths Innovation & Business Awards

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

More details

Applications for the 2020  Innovation & Business Awards are now closed.

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Awards

This competition offers four 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.

In 2020 the Mayor's Entrepreneur expanded to include four prizes of £20,000 each. The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition searches for smart business ideas focused on one of each of the four awards in the Environment, Health, Smart Cities and Creative Industries sectors.

Applications for the 2020 Mayor’s Entrepreneur Awards are now closed. Three businesses founded by Goldsmiths students or graduates were shortlisted for this award. The final will be held in the autumn of 2020.

For further details about the 2021 Award will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

 

GradVenture 

A funding pot of £10 000 and expert mentoring sessions.

More details

Applications have now closed for GradVenture 2020.

The two semi-finals took place in February (the one for Creative Businesses took place at Goldsmiths and the other, for Businesses with a Social Purpose, took place at Queen Mary University, London).

Four businesses from each semi-final were selected to go forward to the final.

The final was due to take place on 12th March but has been postponed.

Once the new date is announced it will be posted here and on CareerSPACE – Goldsmiths students are welcome to attend the final.