Funding & Grants

Seed funding is essential in getting your venture off the ground. Check out these E-Lab recommended funding and grant opportunities.

Funding Opportunities

Looking to bootstrap your venture? Check out these funding and grant opportunities to get your venture off the ground.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency and part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by grant-in-aid from the UK Government.

EIC Accelerator

The EIC Accelerator is a funding programme under Horizon Europe that offers support to startups and SMEs that have a innovative, game changing product, service or business model that could create new markets or disrupt existing ones in Europe and even worldwide.

Use the Government website’s startup finance tool to search for regional and national funding opportunities. You can filter by the type of funding, industry and business stage to find the best option for you. 

British Design Fund

The British Design Fund is unique in supporting, mentoring and investing in exclusively well-designed purpose-led product businesses.

Funding Advice

Have angels, bootstraps, seeds and grants got you confused? Get up to scratch with your funding jargon and make sure you know the best types of funding for you and your startup.


Want to get to grips with the wide. range of funding available? EmpowerRD have done the hard work for you! Check out this comprehensive guide on all types of startup funding in the UK. 

Natwest Entrepreneur Hub

Natwest have put together a funding tool box with everything you need to know about financing your startup. The funding checklist is especially helpful in making sure you’re fully prepared when the time comes.