Events, competitions and initiatives

Read more about our latest events and initiatives below.

impact awards

Santander Open Academy | Excel for All

Looking to improve your Excel skills?

Apply for 1 of 5,000 places on Santander Scholarships Skills | Excel for All, a FREE, flexible, online programme delivered by Udemy.

You can choose either Complete or Advanced Excel – which, once completed, will help you to become more confident in one of the most widely used professional tools.

Applications close 15 January 2024, apply today!


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First launched in 2011, Santander's annual entrepreneurship awards programme is among the UK's largest student and graduate business pitching competitions. To date we've supported thousands of early-stage entrepreneurs and provided more than £900,000 in equity-free funding to startups and small businesses. Winner in 2022 included UNI SIM, Team Repair, Milbotix, Kitt Medical, Konglomerate Games and Wateraware Collective

The 2023 programme has 2 categories: University (for new businesses looking to launch) and Startup (for growing businesses looking to scale). Excitingly for the first time, the Startups category is open to any eligible business- not just university entrepreneurs!

As well as providing funding, our entrepreneurship programme will also improve your skills, connect you with industry experts and high-profile guests and boost the visibility of your business at a national level. 

The winners of the Santander X UK Awards will also secure a place in the Santander X Global Award, Santander's international university entrepreneurship competition in which they will compete with the best university start-ups from Europe and South America.

Applications for the 2023 awards are now closed. However, be sure to check out Santander X to stay up-to-date on our latest entrepreneur development programmes. 

Explore the range of programmes and support offered by Santander and partner institutions globally to help entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. Terms and Conditions apply to each opportunity.

To view current opportunities, please visit the Santander X platform.