Throughout the year there are a number of events, programmes, funding rounds and other opportunities that can help build your business. Email: if you would like some help to find the best opportunity for you.


Current Funding Opportunities


Crowdfunding is a brand new platform that Ulster University has recently launched.  The main idea of crowdfunding is a lot of people giving a little towards your total. This involves setting up a project that showcases what you are raising money for (so the perfect opportunity to promote your business!). This can be an extremely lucrative way of raising start-up capital and doesn’t have to be repaid, plus Ulster University will match fund part of your total and the platform is completely free to use! A previous student from Coleraine managed to crowdfund £30,000 to start up ‘Copeland Gin’ and is now running an extremely successful business

Check out more on crowdfunding here

Tech Start

Tech start is a company specifically catering towards offering grants and seed investment to new Tech startup companies. Tech start also offer one to one concept meetings to discuss your idea as well as running many competitions with the opportunity to win a significant investment in your business! Tech start are extremely collaborative and are specifically looking for new and innovative ideas.

If this sounds like your business check out Tech Start here

Innovation  Ulster Ltd

This is a specific programme designed for Ulster University students. This aims at helping students commercialise their innovative ideas, specifically working with new technology. Innovation Ulster also offers a wide range of both funding and support throughout the startup process

Find out more here

Santander Universities Enterprise Fund

The Santander Enterprise fund is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurial mindset across the university. Each year Santander offers a generous amount of money to be used as seed money for student businesses. Applications are currently closed, and will reopen in September 2020/21.

Find out more here

Why not also take a look at the Santander Enterprise Awards where you could be in with the chance of representing Ulster University and securing up to £25,000 of investment for your business

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