External Funding Opportunities
Den gives entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their proposals to a panel
UK’s most successful business people.
have pledged to invest their own money in the best ideas.
If you are an entrepreneur, with a fantastic business idea or product that is investment-ready, then Dragons' Den want to hear from you.
HEFCE UnLtd Social Enterprise Awards in partnership with UCL
HE Support is a joint initiative from UnLtd and HEFCE to help establish an effective eco-system for the development and growth of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise activity within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England. UCL is one of 56 HEIs to partner with UnLtd and HEFCE on this initiative.
Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme competition
Biotechnology YES aims to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience research amongst postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Participants compete in teams to develop a hypothetical business idea with the help of expert mentors from the biotechnology sector. Workshops are held throughout the UK, feeding into a National Final with a prize of £1000 for the winning team.
For more information and an entry form see: www.biotechnologyYES.co.uk
Enterprise Fellowships: Developing commercial potential of research
BBSRC and The Royal Society of Edinburgh seek proposals to the Enterprise Fellowships scheme to support researchers who wish to play a key role in the commercialisation of their research. The Fellowships provide salary and formal business training, allowing the Fellows to focus on developing the commercial potential of their research over a 12-month period.
For more information and application forms, see:
www.royalsoced.org.uk/research_fellowshp/bbsrc.htm and www.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/commercialisation/enterprise_fellowships.html
Aspire - Supporting Women Led Businesses
The £12.5m Aspire Fund targets support for Women led businesses across the UK. The fund is able to make equity investments of between £100k and £1m, on a co-investment basis, in order to help strong businesses grow. It will consider start ups where the product and market are proven. The Fund is not able to invest to rescue failing businesses.
Business for Women
Centa, Herbert Smith LLP and King's Cross Central
Business for Women will support four female entrepreneurs in its pilot year. They will be entitled to free membership of The Hub – a local workspace and networking venue – given access to coaching and tailored professional advice to meet their needs, as well as receiving financial support toward their business expenses.
The programme is targeted at women who are looking to contribute to the business community in King's Cross and the wider Camden area.
Energy Efficiency Loans
Unsecured interest free loans
The Carbon Trust’s Energy-Efficiency Loans are designed to reduce carbon emissions by enabling businesses to overcome the capital barrier of purchasing energy saving equipment. Loans are interest free, provided on an unsecured basis and are typically for £5,000 to £200,000. Repayments are offered on a 12 to 48 month basis.
Designing Demand Innovate
Designing Demand Innovate is an intensive support service helping early-stage technology ventures use design to commercialise new technology.
Demand Innovate has been developed for technology ventures between
pre-seed and early stage which are developing technology with potential
applications in sectors including telecoms, IT, life sciences, energy,
electronics and industry (eg, aerospace). To get the most out of the
service, participants need to be open-minded about their strategic
direction and positive about the use of design.