There is a range of UK and internationally based business competitions that provide funding, support, press and much more to startups, entrepreneurs and new business ventures. They can be a great source for testing your concept and providing the resources/ networks to grow your startup.

These competitions and others are a good way to secure initial resources, finance or support for an expansion.

We have listed some of the latest business funding competitions below, if you can’t find a competition that suits your business you can search for more here.

Innovative 5G infrastructure and applications
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for 5G collaborative R&D projects in the EUREKA CELTIC programme. Closing date 11/12/2019

ISCF healthy ageing trailblazers: stage 1
This is stage 1 of a 2-stage competition. A total fund of up to £1.5 million is on offer for stage 1 to conduct research and develop a business plan for a healthy ageing ‘trailblazer’. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closing date 27/11/2019

Developing the UK’s low carbon automotive capability
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.Closing date 16/10/2019

UK Research and Innovation strength in places fund
Consortia of UK businesses and research organisations can apply for ‘seed corn’ funding of up to £50,000 to develop full applications for wave 2 of the UKRI Strength in Places Fund. Closing date 09/10/2019

Mechanising and improving advanced therapy manufacture
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £3.7 million for research and development projects to improve manufacturing of advanced therapies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closing date 25/09/2019

Enabling data access in accountancy, insurance and legal services
Apply for a share of up to £3.5 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to enable data access and innovation in accountancy, insurance and law. Closing date 20/11/19

Transforming UK construction MMC, digital and whole-life performance
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million for collaborative R&D projects that improve productivity, quality and performance in UK construction. Closing date 30/10/2019

Transforming UK construction: demonstrator projects
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £26 million for practical, demonstrator projects in MMC, digital and whole-life asset performance. Closing date 06/11/2019

Commercialising quantum technology
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £27 million to collaborate on developing quantum products and services. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.Closing date 30/10/2019


Key technology components for local energy systems
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million to develop technology components that help improve the efficiency of local energy systems. Closing date 09/10/2019