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Business Programmes and Funding

On this page you will find information about programmes and funding to support your business. 


The Student Enterprise Service runs a number of workshops every year, two of which are designed to help you source funding to start your business.

  • Finding Investment: Information on how to approach investors for funding.
  • Whilst the main one is finding investment, the others all help you to develop a well rounded business which in turn supports you when applying for funding.

For more information on any of the workshops or to book either email us or go to the events calendar and follow the links to book.Events calendar

Business Plans

The Student Enterprise Service can offer support to write your business plan. A Business plan is quite often a requirement for loans and grant funding. It is also a useful tool to research and plan your business idea and check its viability before you go ahead.

We have business planning workshops to help you complete your business plan and maximise your investment potential. Our workshops are focused around BMC ( a 1 page business plan) as we have responded to feedback that this is the most practical way of mapping out a business idea on the initial stages in particular. However, if needed we can support you to complete a traditional formal business plan if needed using our template.

We also offer specialised enterprise mentoring for a more individualised approach to your business plan.


We run various funding schemes to help you start your business.

For more information on the schemes currently running please contact us. Email Student Enterprise


Click on the headings below to see more information about each opportunity.

Growing Graduate Enterprise

The Growing Graduate Enterprise is a programme of enterprise support targeted at graduates who are looking to start up a business. The programme is open to recent graduates located in Greater Lincolnshire; they could have attended any UK university and returned to Greater Lincolnshire after graduation.

As part of the programme, graduates receive a comprehensive package of business support which includes one-to-one mentoring, group workshops and boot camp-like sessions, individual needs assessments leading to targeted action plans, as well as a minimum of 12 hours’ support for each beneficiary on the scheme.

Graduates then pitch their business idea to a grant panel of business professionals to receive up to £10,000 start-up funding for their business.

Some of the workshops we have held include bookkeeping, how to gain investment, commercial law awareness and marketing. See the video below from videographer George Hughes who recently benefitted from this scheme. 


There are various regional and national grants available to all kinds of businesses whether you are at a pre-start, start-up or growing business stage.

The Business Lincolnshire website has a grant scheme finder allowing you to search for local, regional and national grant schemes that may apply to your business.

Grant schemes often have strict eligibility criteria and a lengthy application process. Here at Student Enterprise we can help you interpret and navigate this process and support you with your application.

Graduate COVID-19 Business Support Grants

The fund is available to Graduates of the University of Lincoln across the Greater Lincolnshire area who require financial support due to the impact of COVID-19 on their business.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A graduate who has graduated from the University of Lincoln within the last three years.
  • Live in the Greater Lincolnshire Area.
  • Have a business based in the Greater Lincolnshire area.
  • Have a business that is currently trading.
  • Have not received support through the Growing Graduate Enterprise (GGE) programme since 2020.

Grants are available for up to £2,000, and all applications will be considered on their own merit.

Applications are now open! For more information and support please email

External Investors

Lincolnshire Investment Network

Lincolnshire Investment Network (LIN) is funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the University of Lincoln and is a free service aims to bring together businesses, investors and professional service throughout Lincolnshire.

If your business:

  • Has an innovative or unique product or service.
  • Is scalable with the potential for growth.
  • Has a Credible and committed team or owner.
  • Seeks investment between £25,000 – £1million for legitimate purposes.

Then the LIN could be an option to help fund your business growth through:

  • Learning about equity investment and how it can help you grow your business.
  • Introduce you and your business to investors at local events.
  • Network with professional and investors to build a strong support network and raise funding.

For more information and to apply please contact us. Email Student Enterprise

We have a number of factsheets available to provide information on the different funding routes for both starting and running a business along with useful hints and tips to know when accessing the specific type of funding. For example here are just some of the factsheet titles we have available:

  • Sources of Finance for Starting a business
  • Government Financial Support for businesses
  • An Introduction to Approaching Business Angels

Lincoln Enactus Team: Using Enterprise To Make Social Change

Enactus believe investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all. So do we, and that’s why we’ve created a team at the University of Lincoln!

The programme is student led, and supported by the Student Enterprise Service. It’s ran similar to some societies, giving control of the direction of the team and projects directly to students. 

The programme provides real world experience, increased employability, and is part of a worldwide network of more than 70,500 other students.

Click here to find out more on the Enactus website. Email us at if you want to know more! 

It’s time to make your mark: Introducing Ingenuity

University of Lincoln are delighted to be taking part in Ingenuity, a national programme looking to invest over £400,000 in new business ideas that make a difference to the world we live in.

For 2020, Ingenuity is looking for bold new ideas that can address four key Challenges: Build Better Communities, Tackle Climate Change, Improve Health and Create Prosperity.

How can I take part?

There are three pathways you can choose to be part of Ingenuity:

  • Future Founders: if you want to find an idea and set-up your own impact-driven enterprise
  • Regional Pioneers: if you want to find out more about social innovation
  • Mentors: if you want to help develop the new businesses and ideas from Future Founders

Why take part?

  • Opportunity to set up your own impact-driven business, and help shape the future of your local area
  • Gain insights from some of the UK’s leading charities and think tanks to help you find and develop your idea
  • Work with mentors and changemakers from your local area to get your idea off the ground and start making impact
  • Access a business development skills programme featuring the best of industry and academic knowledge
  • Pitch for your share of over £400,000 of support to make your idea a reality

For more information about Ingenuity East Midlands and sign up, please click here.


If you would like more information on any of the support we offer, please get in touch. Contact us