You are in

Santander Universities supporting entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Support

Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Support

Fostering an entrepreneurial mindset is a core element of the support that Santander Universities provide. Examples of our initiatives include the national Entrepreneurship Awards, our SME internship programme and funding to help student start-ups.

The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards
Since 2011, Santander has held an annual business pitching competition called the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. These awards are aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from our UK partner universities.

Participants can win a range of prizes including seed funding, mentoring and start-up support. Since the competition's launch, we've given away more than £340,000 to entrepreneurs from across the UK.

In 2018 we are dividing the competition into the following categories:

  • Technology businesses – entries should have hardware and/or software central to the businesses value proposition 

  • Non-technology businesses – entries should have a value proposition that is not primarily based around hardware and/or software 

The 2018 edition of the awards is now live, with businesses competing for a share of the £90,000 prize money as well as access to a range of other prizes designed to support and help grow their business.



BellaMoon® provides comfort to exhausted mothers during those all-encompassing early days of post-natal sleep deprivation. For us, entering the competition helped bring BellaMoon from a simple early stage idea to the cusp of a market-ready global product. The Accelerator Week was fundamental in shaping key decisions on manufacture, distribution and margins, as well as giving me the confidence to ‘go for it.

Find out more at

Jenny Kate


At Jenny Kate we create luxury homeware products inspired by nature to bring the outdoors into your life and home. Winning the Post-Revenue category was an incredible experience and has completely revolutionised my business. I’ve built a huge new network of people to work with and get advice from, gained an accountability partner, new business collaborations, had an incredible week of working on my business with CEO’s and industry experts and I also gained an advisory board member – all before I won!

Find out more at

Caukin Studio


At CAUKIN Studio we work with students and young professionals to help design and build new community buildings to disadvantaged communities across the globe. The award was such a great experience and opened so many new doors for us. Having the opportunity to pitch to an audience of sector leaders and business advisors is one that doesn’t come around often so we jumped at the chance!

Find out more at

The Santander Universities SME Internship programme
Launched in 2012, the programme provides funding to support students and graduates from our partner universities and helps them gain valuable work experience in small and medium sized businesses. Since its launch the programme has placed more than 9000 students and graduates in internships.

In 2018 we have funding for over 1,600 internships across our partner network. Whether you're a business looking to hire an intern, or a student or graduate hoping to get your foot on the career ladder, we could help you. Please visit to find out more.