Santander Entrepreneurship Awards

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 

In 2021, Santander Universities will be running a bespoke online programme of support for entrepreneurs from across their partner university network to help student and graduate businesses scale. The programme will run from May to October and will culminate in a pitching competition, where businesses will pitch for their chance to win up to £75,000 of funding and business support. 

Each UK Partner University is required to nominate one entrepreneur to represent their university at these awards. Could this be you? To be considered as the Ulster University nomination please complete the application form below. 


Eligibility Criteria  

To be eligible to apply for this grant you must be a current student enrolled full-time or part-time on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at Ulster University or have graduated from Ulster University in the past 3 years.  

Your business must be incorporated as a limited company, a partnership or set up with HMRC as a sole trader. 

Your business must be able to show demonstratable traction (see Note 3 in T&Cs) by way of the following: 

  • You have a working Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (see Note 4 in T&Cs) that has been launched. We define an MVP as a useable feature of a product or service that has measurable performance outcomes. 

  • You must also meet two or more of the following criteria: 

  1. You have already raised funding or investment of up to £250,000. (This includes debt capital (e.g., personal/business loans, loans from friends/family etc), equity capital (e.g., funding/investment from investors/angels), any funding from Santander Universities, the university you are studying at, grant funding from organisations such as Innovate UK, competition winnings, funds raised through crowd funding platforms etc. 

  1. You have already made sales/be generating revenue. 

  1. You have gained users e.g., app downloads or have acquired clients/customers. 

  1. You are promoting/advertising the business publicly (e.g., public facing website) with the specific aim of attracting sales/users or investment in the next 6 to 12 months. 

  • Throughout the process applicants must be legally residing within the UK. 

  • 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 (Chief Executive Officer), Founder or Co-Founder. 


How to apply: 

This will open for applications at 09.00am on 23/03/2021 and will close at 6.00pm on 25/04/2021 

Application Form:

You can view all questions here.

For terms and conditions here

If you have any issues or queries, please contact Naomi, Student Enterprise Coordinator (


For more info about the support available for student and graduate entrepreneurs at Ulster University visit: