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

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. 

The deadline for submissions is 9th November. The judging panel where you will present your idea will be on 20th November. 

As part of the application process you will need to attend at least two of the following enterprise skills workshops:

9th October - Idea Generation

16th October - Life's a Pitch

October - Business Model Canvas (date TBC)

6th November - Public Speaking

To book visit our Eventbrite page

Apply - Closing date Friday 9th Novemeber

To apply for this award, apply using our Santander Propeller Award Application or contact us at

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

The University, in collaboration with the Student Enterprise Team, the Student Union and Surrey Business School, has partnered with crowdfunding experts Crowdfunder to develop training which is specifically for university lead campaigns.

Any University of Surrey student, group of students, staff member, club or society within the university can come and meet with the team to help plan and launch their campaign.

Want to know more?

To come along to our Launch Party on October 30th, 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


The University runs a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa Scheme in conjunction with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The scheme provides graduate entrepreneurs that have a genuine and credible business the opportunity to develop their venture in the UK for a maximum period of two years.

Please view our information leaflet, or for further details, find out more about the scheme (PowerPoint).

The Student Enterprise team are here to advise on the University application process for the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa Scheme and provide support to help you develop your business plan and start you on your entrepreneurial journey. 

If you have any visa queries related to the Scheme, contact International Student Support

To express your interest in the Tier 1 scheme please complete the expression of interest form and send to

Deadlines for 2018

The deadline for applications is 25 November 2018. If you would like further information on the scheme and an initial meeting to discuss the application process, receive an application pack, and find out more about the help and support available to you, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to

You can apply for up to £2,000 to help you to carry out market research for your business idea. By identifying your target market and customer base the early feedback will hep you to shape your idea. This funding is supported by Wates Family Enterprise Trust and is offered in two phases:

Phase 1 - You can apply for up to £2,000 expenses to help you to carry  out market research for your business idea. Runs 24th September to 14th December 2018.

Phase 2 Once you've found your market  Student Enterprise will help you to develop your idea and pitch to an awards panel to gain  funding to start your business. 
Runs 19th February to 9th May 2019

To apply for the Wates student accelerator fund please complete this form, or for an informal chat and details on how to apply contact