Start-Up Fund

This year's Start-Up Fund will be open from mid-October 2018 and is exclusively for Loughborough students and graduates.

If you have a business idea or existing business, you can now pitch for a grant of up to £5,000 to really kick start your venture.

Express your interest

We know that the Start-Up Fund is popular and, for that reason, we're introducing a new step to this year's process to make it easier for you to let us know you're interested in applying.

Simply complete the Expression of Interest form and email this to your relevant Student or Graduate Enterprise Adviser who will be in touch to arrange an initial meeting with you about the fund and your application.

Be invited to apply

Your Student or Graduate Enterprise Adviser will meet with you to discuss the idea you have developed or your existing business and will invite you to apply for the Start-Up Fund when they believe that you are ready.

You will need to wait until you are invited to apply before submitting your application, though you'll be able to submit it at any time from that point.

You will be expected to keep in touch with your Student or Graduate Enterprise Adviser, to access their support as you prepare your application, and to engage with Loughborough Enterprise Network (by attending their workshops and events) as much as possible.

It's easy to do so!

This year's process may have a third step, in the form of our Expression of Interest form, but it's still just as easy to do!

Submit your Expression of Interest form and, once you've liaised with your adviser, send us your application form. From there, we'll invite you to one of our Start-Up Fund panels (taking place once towards the end of each term - dates below) where you'll pitch to our panel for the opportunity to be awarded up to £5000 to kickstart your business.

Panel dates and deadlines

Please ensure that you are available for at least one hour on the date of the panel below so that we can allocate your slot accordingly if successfully selected to pitch for funding.

Term 1: 

Application deadline - Monday 11th November at 12pm,

Panel taking place - Tuesday 3rd / Wednesday 4th December (afternoon - lunchtime).

Term 2:

Application deadline - Wednesday 4th March at 12pm,

Panel taking place - Tuesday 24th March all day.

Term 3: 

Application deadline - Monday 18th May at 12pm,

Panel taking place - Wednesday 1st July all day.

Please note that the location of these panels is TBC. Depending on majority of students applying in one term and their location, the panel may be based at either our East Midlands-based campus, Loughborough University, or at our Loughborough in London campus (HereEast, Olympic Park, Stratford).

Information Briefing events

As well as individual support from your Student and Graduate Enterprise Advisers, we'll also be running a number of Start-Up Fund Briefing sessions across both campuses to introduce you to the fund, the criteria, terms and conditions and all you need to know about this new process.

Loughborough Campus:

Term 1:

Thursday 16th October 2019, 6.30-7.30pm in The Start-Up Lab 2.01 STEMLab building.

Term 2: 

Thursday 30th January 2020, 6.30-7.30pm in The Start-Up Lab 2.01 STEMLab building,

Thursday 26th March 2020, same time and location.

Term 3:

Thursday 30th April 2020, 6.30-7.30pm in The Start-Up Lab 2.01 STEMLab building.

London campus:

Dates and locations for our London campus Start-Up Fund Briefing events coming soon!

More support than ever!

As well as the briefing sessions above, students and graduates will receive a 'Pitching Pack' to prepare them for the panel session ahead of time. This will be provided by email upon the outcome of your application.

We'll also hold a Presentation Practice session for those students and graduates who are selected to pitch to our panels. This will be your chance to receive useful and critical feedback on your presentation style and any materials you'll be using ahead of the real deal!

Book to attend one of these briefings using the button at the bottom of this page!

Ready to kickstart your business? Submit your Expression of Interest today.