Student Enterprise funding

Student Enterprise offers some funding opportunities for student and graduate start-ups to win funding for their business.

Propeller Fund

Funded by Santander

The Student Enterprise Propeller Fund is ideally suited to early stage ideas and those in our EXPERIENCE group.

There is a maximum amount of between £500 - 800 for the testing of a new business idea.

This fund is offered in February and again in May.

To find out about funding opportunities contact us at

Cube Fund

Funded by Santander

The Student Enterprise Cube Fund offers a grant of up to £1,500 per business, with the aim of providing financial assistance to assist with further development and growth of student businesses.

Applicants must be either current students (or special cases, recent graduates of the University of Surrey, up to three years from graduation) and must be known to Student Enterprise and receiving 1:1 support from a Student Enterprise staff member as per of the EXECUTE Programme.

All applicants will be required to complete an application form to explain how this funding will develop their business and then summarise their business development plans in a live pitch. This will comprise of a five minute pitch to judges with questions and answers from the panel. The panel’s decision to fund/not fund is final although feedback will be provided. If unsuccessful, applicants are still eligible to come back and pitch again in the future.


Funded by Santander, Future Generations & University of Surrey

This programme is designed to give student and graduate entrepreneurs between £1,000 – 3,000 in funding in order to work full-time on their businesses over the summer.

As part of the programme we offer specific opportunities for both black founders and LGBTQ+ founders to challenge the inequalities faced by these founders, by helping to create a more diverse and inclusive business community on campus and for the future.

The financial award is part of a wider programme of support for all successful candidates and open for applications each year in April/May ahead of the summer break.

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