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.


Santander Propeller Award

The Student Enterprise Propeller Fund is funded by Santander. The opportunity is open for two types of submission.

1. A business idea where the funding will help pilot and develop the idea.
2. A student project that will improve campus life for Surrey students and/or have a benefit to the local community.

The scheme has an overall funding pot of £9,000, with the maxium any one business or project can bid for being £3,000. However, we are keen for everyone to apply and submit on what they think their bid needs. Therefore, bid for the appropriate amount which you need. 

All submissions must be sent in by the 19th November. The judging panel with meet on the 30th November. 

To apply, complete our

and send to



The Neu! Food & Drink competition gives you the chance to trial an idea on campus. The key dates are: 

Monday 9th October 2017 - competition opens for applications

Thursday 9th November 2017 - Application deadline closes at midnight

Tuesday 28th November 2017 - Present your idea to the pitching panel

If you are successful in being awarded funding, you can run your business on campus for 6 weeks during semester 2 (February to June 2018)

To apply, complete the Microsoft Office document icon Neu!Food competition application.doc

Microsoft Office document icon Neu!Food competition application.doc




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

The University, in collaboration with the Student Enterprise Team, Advancement 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?

REGISTER HERE. To come along to our Launch Party on October 26th, 6-8pm in Austin Pearce building.

We are here to help you. We can help you develop your crowdfunding ideas. Advisers will share ideas and experiences of other campaigns and help you plan, create or market your campaign.  Email to book your meeting today.

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

Crowdfunding Platform - Surrey