From left to right: Tarek Jammali (British) - Postgraduate, Rianna Makhecha (British) - Undergraduate, Zhe Liang (Chinese) - PHD in Business

Entrepreneurship Fund

To support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to unlock their entrepreneurial spirit

The Entrepreneurship Fund is here to support Students from disadvantaged backgrounds to discover innovative ideas, find new ways of working, setting up a business, create a distinctive career path, or support social enterprise.

It can support a student with purchases or costs relating to improving their knowledge, skills and understanding around their own employability or venture creation. You do not have to pay back the funds you receive for this scholarship.

What does the Entrepreneurship Fund include?

The fund will offer up to £500 per applicant.

Students can use this fund to pay for a variety of uses as long as it can be attributed to at least one of the criteria below:

  • Funds to support social enterprise
  • Mentoring support for a new business
  • Resources and seminars to assist with growing a business and developing personal employability skills
  • Costs towards an internship
  • Advantage funds for extracurricular costs

Some ideas may include, additional courses, resources to help develop their business ideas, outfits for placements and we are open to suggestions.

We do not fund the purchase of large capital items such as vehicles or property and there is a limit on how much is available to each individual.

Are you eligible?

Eligibility criteria explained

Applications will be judged on merit. To apply you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled with at least one full year left of an undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham (UK Campus)
  • Applicants must fully complete the application form and only the information contained within will be used in assessing their application
  • Have a 2023/24 Household Income of between £0-£42,875, as assessed by Student Finance 
  • Students must show how the funding will support their education, business venture or employability
  • Have Home funding status 

How will the Entrepreneurship Fund be paid?

Upon approval, the award of £500 will be paid directly to your bank account during term 3, subject to registration. More details of payment arrangements will be confirmed to you on approval.

How to apply

Applications for this scholarship are now open. 

There are two closing dates per academic year and applicants will hear if they have been successful within three weeks of these dates:

  • Friday 2 February 2024 at 12 noon
  • Wednesday 12 June 2024 at 12 noon