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Proof of Concept funding

Need Investment test a new product or service?  Pencils

We can help you by providing funding to allow you to establish your idea's commercial potential. The aim of the fund is to prove the concept: to research, develop, test or advance your business idea. 

The fund will make awards of up to £500. 

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for appropriate expenditure upon submission of proof that the money has been spent in accord with this application. 

Applications for Proof of Concept are now being accepted until June 2013.


Eligibility Criteria

  • You are a York St John student or graduate (within the last 5 years)
  • You must be a citizen of a European Union country
  • You cannot have received another Proof of Concept grant for this idea
  • You must be planning to operate in the Yorkshire area
  • You have not yet started trading as a business

Application information can be found below, including terms and conditions. However, should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact creativebusiness@yorksj.ac.uk or call 01904 876485.

Download guidance notes and application form: Application Form



This programme is supported financially by the European Union. The project has attracted over £1 million of investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for local economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13.