The Kickstart Programme
Find out about the Discover Fund and Launch Fund.
Do you have an enterprise idea? Have ambitions to start your own business? Do you need funding? Apply to The Kickstart Programme Fund to help you explore your ideas.
There are 2 funds available, open at different times of the year. Both can help you turn your ideas into a reality, provide a boost and help you get off the ground.
Open to all current students, you'll have a seed of an idea and be at the early stages of exploring this. You may have a talent you'd like to make money from, have an idea to support others or a concept for a product. It may be a project that has potential for commercial, educational, environment or social impact.
You can apply for up to £400 to begin making your idea a reality. Applications for winter 2022 have now closed but will be open again in spring 2023.
Open to second year finishers, final year, postgraduate taught and research students and graduates up to 12 months after finishing studies. You'll be already working on your idea and looking to take it to the next stage. You may need to purchase software, access training, buy equipment, fund prototypes or rent premises. Up to £800 can be pitched for and applications will be open in the summer.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources to help you apply
Use the drop-down menus below to find more information and guidance to help you apply for funding.
Terms and conditions
You must read The Kickstart Programme fund terms and conditions. You will be asked to confirm your agreement of these when you apply.
By accepting the monies provided you are deemed to have accepted the following terms and conditions:
Awards are discretionary and not guaranteed. Please do not assume an application will be successful, nor anticipate any amount that may be received.
The judging panel's decision is final and there is no right to appeal their decision.
Information provided in an application will be correct and to the best of the applicant's knowledge. Deliberately providing false or misleading information will automatically disqualify an application. The University reserves the right to request repayment of any awards obtained as a result.
The University may make any enquiries they think appropriate in connection with an application and can disclose information on an application to other areas within the University as deemed necessary.
The funding can only be used for the purposes agreed in my application. The funding can only be used for business activities within the UK. The funding must not be used for any activities that may bring York St John University into disrepute.
The provisions of money, other services and feedback should not be considered an endorsement of the business and York St John University branding should not be used without prior permission.
It is expected that businesses or individual ventures will acknowledge the support of York St John.
The University will monitor the impact of the funds it has awarded to successful applicants, during the course of which you will be expected to share relevant information with the University.
By accepting this funding you agree for us to use your details to publicise our business start-up support internally and externally. Furthermore, you are agreeing to provide publicity material such as a blog or case study as detailed in the application for the relevant competition.