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Funding Competitions

There is a range of UK and internationally based business competitions that provide funding, support, press and much more to startups, entrepreneurs and new business ventures. They can be a great source for testing your concept and providing the resources/ networks to grow your startup.

These competitions and others are a good way to secure initial resources, finance or support for an expansion.

We have listed some of the latest business funding competitions below, if you can’t find a competition that suits your business you can search for more here.

Investment to help small businesses to grow

£2 million of grants are available through the government’s Business Basics Fund to help SMEs adopt proven technologies, become more productive and successful. Closing date 17/04/2019

Electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics in extreme environments

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop reliable extreme environment grade electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics and AI systems. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closing date 08/05/2019

Developing a travel network management system for new mobility: SBRI competition

Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000, including VAT, to develop innovative ideas on how to integrate new mobility options in network management centres. Closing date 10/04/2019

Analysis for innovators round 4 expression of interest 

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £4 million to work with the best scientists and research facilities to resolve productivity and competitiveness issues. Closing date 20/03/2019

Demonstrators addressing cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things 

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million for collaborative R&D projects addressing major cyber security challenges in the Internet of Things. Closing date 01/05/2019

Developing digital roads and improving air quality

Highways England is investing up to £20 million across 2 parallel competitions to develop innovative ideas and solutions. These must change the way UK roads are designed, managed and used Closing date 01/05/2019

Digital health technology catalyst round 4: collaborative R&D

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop new digital health solutions. Projects can use the services of the NICE DataLab to help with real world data. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closing date 10/04/2019

Business Basics 2 – SME productivity (Proof of Concept)

A share of up to £2 million is available to run proof of concept projects aimed at how to encourage SMEs to adopt productivity boosting technology or management practices. Closing date 17/04/2019

Ocean plastic solutions investment accelerator: reducing plastic pollution

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million to develop solutions that tackle the environmental crisis of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Closing date 13/03/2019

Small Business Grants 

A monthly cash competition for the UK’s brightest small business stars
Apply for FREE for the chance to win a £5,000 grant to help establish your business.