Startup Funding

Applications are now OPEN!

Click here to apply!

Check out our resources page for other funding opportunities.

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 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 your 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 15 December 2019 If successful at this stage you will be invited to pitch your idea in January 2020.