Funding

What would you do with £500 for your business?

Start-Up Fund - £500

You can apply for the Start-Up Fund and claim £500 if you have registered a business this academic year.

If you have started a business, you can apply for a minimum of £500 through the Business Start-Up Fund. You will need to pay up front and have your receipts ready before you apply but there is no interview process so you can apply anytime. We have provided a shopping list as a handy guide to help you with the more typical start-up costs. 

Full details about the Start-Up Fund
Also available to recent graduates (up to two years)

 

Boost your business with a free Shopify account

Shopify accounts are now available to University of Birmingham students, graduates and staff

The University of Birmingham B-Enterprising Start-Up Team have partnered with Shopify to offer you access to a free Shopify account for two years. Shopify is a subscription based software which allows you to create your own online marketplace. This opportunity is open to all University of Birmingham students, graduates and staff with a bham.ac.uk email address. Please read the following instructions carefully before selecting the below link:

  • To get started, please click on the below Shopify link below and select your free 14 day trial. After starting the 14 day trial, your account will automatically be converted into a free 2 year subscription. This convertion to a free account will only work if you use the below link at the very start.
  • After starting your trial, the transfer to your free 2 year plan can take up to 24 hours. If you see a store countdown in your Shopify admin, please ignore this. There is no need to pick a plan.
  • Important: You must use your University of Birmingham email address (ending in bham.ac.uk.) to activate this opportunity
  • At the end of your 2 year plan, you have the choice to pick a paid plan or let the account freeze.

Be inspired to start something 

If you need inspiration for your Shopify Store design we recommend searching for existing stores online or visiting Inspiring Stores for ideas.

Contact the B-Enterprising team

If you are unsure which fund you should apply for, feel free to email the B-Enterprising team at benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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