Student Enterprise


Find out more about the funding available to support your enterprise journey.

Business Enterprise Student Support Scheme (BESSS)

Open to most students currently at University of Surrey, the scheme can provide up to £5000 funding to progress an initiative to start or develop an entrepreneurial activity.

The money could be used for:

• Research
• Creating prototypes
• Market analysis
• Travel
• Or anything else the scheme panel considers relevant to forming or developing a new business

BESSS takes away one of the largest barriers for a start-up – start-up capital. With no equity stake taken, it truly is the best kind of funding you can get. Financial support with complete freedom creates the perfect foundation on which to grow a start-up.

BESSS can help kick-start your entrepreneurial journey. Read about how Guillaume Devinat developed a functional prototype to secure his first client thanks to financial support from BESSS.

Complete an application form.


If you have any questions, please email us.



The Student Enterprise Kick Starter Fund is funded by generous donations from the local business community and University of Surrey Alumni.  The fund is aimed at pre-start up and early start up student businesses, and can provide you with seed funding of up to £500.

Read the Terms and Conditions before filling out your application form.


Got a great idea? Need Funding?  We can help!

The University, in collaboration with the Student Enterprise Team, Alumni and Development Office, Student’s Union and Surrey Business School, has partnered with crowdfunding experts Crowdfunder to launch Surrey’s very own crowdfunding platform. 

Any University of Surrey student/group of students, staff member, club or society within the University can use the online platform.

Want to know more?

We are here to help you. We run regular workshops and drop-in sessions to help you develop your crowdfunding ideas. Advisers will share ideas and experiences of other campaigns and help you plan, create or market your campaign.  Sign up for one of our workshops at  

For further information on how to get started please take a look at the guidelines below or contact our Crowdfunding team

Links to:

To discuss Crowdfunding, book a meeting with our Student Coordinator by e-mailing: