UoB Elevate at The Exchange

UoB Elevate is an Incubator and Business Growth Programme based at 'The Exchange' in Birmingham City Centre and is exclusive to University of Birmingham students and graduates. 

Applications for the first Cohort in September 2021 have now closed. Future appplication dates will be released in the near future.

UoB Elevate is a start-up programme and incubator based at The Exchange

What is UoB Elevate? 

UoB Elevate is the exclusive incubator and business growth programme designed to support University of Birmingham Student and Graduate entrepreneurs to the next level of their growth. This exciting new programme will be based at The Exchange Building in Birmingham City Centre.

There are two parts to the application process. You will need to complete an online application form and if successful, you will be invited to pitch your idea to an independent panel.

 How UoB Elevate can help you

Launching in September 2021 and based in the heart of Birmingham, in the new Graham Turner Entrepreneurship Centre, UoB Elevate offers you the opportunity to: 

  • Be part of a cohort of growth businesses

  • Run your business from the city centre incubator within the iconic Exchange building 

  • Receive dedicated support and guidance to help you grow your business 

  • Access to regional business support schemes 

  • Access to alumni mentoring scheme 

  • Access to hiring student intern and consultancy schemes 

  • Access to funding schemes and investor networks 

  • Special offers and discounts from business service providers

 Can I join?

UoB Elevate is open to University of Birmingham students and graduates. We typically accept: 

  • Businesses that can demonstrate traction (be it users, customers, revenue, investors and/or key partners) 

  • High-potential early stage ideas 

  • Social enterprises or other community impact organisations that can demonstrate traction 

  • Other types of applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Businesses with at least 50% UoB student/graduate ownership of the business will be preferred, lower UoB student/graduate ownership percentages will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

 Key Dates - Cohort 1


  • UoB Elevate Programme Application deadline - 23:59 on Sunday 11 July 2021
  • UoB Startup Scholarship closing date - Sunday 18 July 2021
  • Outcome of online application stage announced  - from Tuesday 20 July 2021
  • Pitches for places - w/c 26 July 2021
  • Formal Incubation starts - w/c Monday 6 September 2021 

Apply now

Applications for the September 2021 intake have now closed. New dates for future UoB Elevate cohorts will be released in the near future. If you wish to apply for the next round of applications you can do so via the form below.

 


University of Birmingham Startup Scholarship 

We have an opportunity for finalists and graduates (up to five years after graduation) to apply for a £15,000 University of Birmingham Start-Up Scholarship. This scholarship is exclusive to UoB participants who are enrolled on the UoB Elevate programme. This is a one year scholarship - payments are made in three instalments over a one year period to help support you in getting started and scaling your business idea.

University of Birmingham Startup Scholarship

IMPORTANT: You must apply for the UoB Elevate Incubator programme before you can make an application for the scholarship. Please note, applications for the UoB Startup Scholarship for the September 2021 intake are now closed. Future application dates will be announced in the near future.

You can find full Terms and Conditions about the scholarship on the document below:

About

This programme aims to support UoB startups onto the next level with, funding, incubation space, support and talent. UoB Elevate is the dedicated incubator and business growth programme designed to support University of Birmingham Student and Graduate entrepreneurs to the next level of their growth.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about UoB Elevate at The Exchange or the University of Birmingham Startup Scholarship, please email the B-Enterprising team at benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk.  

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