B-Enterprising Remote Start-Up Support

In light of the global pandemic, the B-Enterprising team have adapted the start-up online services to help you continue your start-up journey. Find out what remote support is available to help your business through the challenges set by COVID-19.

Ingenuity Challenge

Are you up for a Challenge this summer? The Ingenuity Programme is a partnership between universities, large businesses, SMEs and public and third sector organisations and they are looking to invest in bold new business ideas that can create the biggest impact across the UK. Come up with business solutions posed by the key issues faced by the world today. Bring your big ideas and compete for a chance to win a share of the £400,000 programme investment.

Tackle world issues with our ideas for a chance to develop your skills and pitch for a share of £600,000

The Ingenuity Programme originates from the University of Nottingham and there will be sessions throughout Summer 2020, hosted by the University of Warwick.

Ingenuity offers a comprehensive programme of insight and inspiration, collaboration and partnership, skills and training, and business plan creation and investment.


What would you do with £500 for your business? We have funding donated by Santander to help you grow your existing business. 

  • Start-Up Fund - If you have started your business this academic year, you can apply for £500 to reimburse the costs you have already made

Business Start-Up Advice 1-2-1s

Speak to one of our Start-Up advisors to get help with your business idea or existing business. We are running online Business Start-Up appointments as normal during campus closure.

Get start-up advice from the comforts of your own home and speak to us over Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.

To book a 30 minute appointment, please email the team at benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Discuss, get advice, move forward


Online learning on Canvas

Access our B Start-Up Canvas course and get access to:

  • Start-Up training
  • Tips on Self-Employment and Freelancing
  • COBRA online resource - get up to date market reports on your businesses sector

Access the B Start-Up Canvas page here

Government financial support for businesses during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If your start-up business has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you may be entitled to apply for a Self-Employment grant. Find out what government support is available to you and your business.

ARLI - Support and Funding for energy efficient start-ups

The Alternative Raw Materials with Low Impact (ARLI) project is funded by the European Research Development Fund (ERDF) and the team are based at the University of Birmingham. The ARLI project can help your start-up if your idea provides energy efficient gains in the use of raw and waste materials.

Find out if your start-up is eligible by accessing the ARLI website or contact the team directly by emailing ARLI@contacts.bham.ac.uk..

The Princes Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund

Good news for UK entrepreneurs during the Covid crisis. A £5million Enterprise Relief Fund are offering grants to anyone aged 18-30 across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants of up to £5,000, the initiative will offer 1-2-1 support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

Find out more about The Prince's Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund.

University experts offer free business support to offset impact of COVID-19

The Birmingham Energy Institute’s SME Engagement Programme, ATETA, is offering businesses support in writing funding applications, drafting proposals, or Solidworks/CAD drawings of products.

Businesses can also gain access to expertise from world-leading researchers and explore how your businesses might save costs, develop new products and improve processes.

ATETA, the European Regional Development Funded SME support programme from the Birmingham Energy Institute has been designed to help organisations overcome their obstacles and unlock business opportunities. Find out more here

R42 Institute AI Summer Fellows Program

R42 Institute has announced its first summer AI Fellowship Program. A launchpad for deep technology and science disruptors, the Fellowship is designed to develop AI/machine learning, deep science, design thinking and entrepreneurial skills of emerging talent. The summer fellowship has been designed to provide each Fellow with one-on-one mentoring, an opportunity to hone their tech and science skills and combine it with design thinking tools over an accelerated period. 

This is an online program, with virtual interaction. Find out more here

 Share your events and opportunities with us

We welcome hearing about any online events or opportunities so we can share these with our wider Start-Up community. If you would like to promote an opportunity or simply would like to share one you are interested in, please feel free to share this with us and we will promote this to our wider Start-Up community.

Please email any events and opportunities to benteprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


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