Funding Opportunities

Thinking about funding either now or in the future? Here are a few different ways you can make it happen.


Thinking about funding either now or in the future? Here are a few different ways you can make it happen. 


Grant Tree have prepared this easy-to-follow guide to the various financial options available to UK startups. It covers crowdfunding, equity investment, corporate loans, and GrantTree’s own area of expertise: government funding.

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Idox Grantfinder – The leading funding database in the UK, Grantfinder collates local, national and international funding opportunities.

Innovate UKSince 2007, we have invested around £2.5 billion to help businesses across the country to innovate, with match funding from industry taking the total value of projects above £4.3 billion.


The London Mayor’s Competition – A competition that asks London’s students to come up with viable, sustainable business ideas for the City with up to £20k to be won.

The Pitch – The Pitch is a free competition that helps startups create a kick-ass pitch and gives them the platform to use it.

Santander X Entrepreneurship Award– One of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competition where you could win up to £75k in equity-free funding, mentoring and startup support.

Rising Stars – The opportunity to put your business in front of leading investors, influencers and corporates.

Clean Tech Challenge – A global business plan competition for students with innovative clean technology ideas.

British Small Business Awards – Highlighting the achievements of both small companies with less than 50 employees, as well as growing companies with between 50 and 250 employees.

EDF Pulse Start-up Awards – Offering a marketing campaign and up to €80,000to European startups using new technological solutions to build tomorrow’s world.

Celebrating Small Business Awards – Free to enter with winners from each category securing a spot at the prestigious UK final and a chance to be crowned the UK Small Business of the Year.

TATA Varsity Pitch – The Tata Varsity Pitch Competition, powered by NACUE, is a national early-stage business pitching competition that celebrates the best businesses coming out of colleges and universities across the UK.

Awards Intelligence – Want to make sure you award application is the best it can be? Let Awards Intelligence help you write the perfect entry.

Shake To Create – Companies over two years old have the opportunity to work with an award-winning creative agency, for free.

DBACE– The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs has a £60k prize fund and £100k of business support on offer.


How to raise Angel Investment in 6 steps – All you need to know about Angel Investment from the experts at Seed Legals


What Investors Really Look For – In this podcast by Masters of Scale, entrepreneur and investor, Mark Cuban, gives his insight on what qualities investors look for in a founder, and what entrepreneurs should be looking for in return.

The definitive guide to London seed venture funds – Although put together in 2018, this guide by Fred Destin is still hugely relevant to those looking for investment in London.