Startup Funding

nest are offering you the chance to apply for startup funding to develop your startup ideas.

Do you have an idea but unsure if it will work? Would you like some money to explore the viability of your idea? Already have an idea you wish to develop? If so, these startup grants are for you.


We have to two different grants available:
Explore Fund: Apply for up to £300 to test an idea
Develop Fund: Apply for up to £1,000 to develop you idea to the next stage

This startup funding is a grant, meaning you don’t pay the money back. However we do expect to see some return on the investment in terms of business development.

The Startup grant is available to University of Portsmouth students and graduates (within 5 years of graduation from UoP)

Examples of what the funding could be used for include market research, creating a prototype, marketing, purchasing products and services, launching a product or service.

The funding is for UK based projects and businesses only.

Please only apply for the money you need.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 12th December 2018. If successful at this stage you will be invited to pitch your idea in January 2019.


How to apply:

Complete the below application form by midnight on Wednesday 12th December.

Please answer all of the questions fully, providing as much detail as possible.

A panel will shortlist the applications and you will be notified by 21st December if you have been selected to pitch in January.

Any questions please email

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about your idea or application please do not hesitate in getting in contact.

Don’t forget we have our Enterprise drop-in Clinic that runs every Wednesday 2pm-4pm and every Friday 9.30am-11.30am at the Careers and Employability Centre.