Announcing Founderships 2024

We are pleased to announce the return of our annual Founderships programme this year. Back with a bang for 2024, this year’s programme is proudly funded by the University of Surrey’s Forever Surrey Fund, with a generous £30,000 award to be allocated to 10 of the best student founders here at Surrey from under-represented groups. Other funding will also support more opportunities for others and everyone is welcome to apply!

After a pitch competition, those who impress the most will secure a place on the Founderships programme this summer and along with their cash prize will benefit from:

  • A dedicated mentor from one of the 20 business experts in our Student Enterprise network
  • Bespoke programme including workshops on Start Up Finances, Business Law, Accountancy and leadership development.
  • Opportunity to win a funded year of membership to SETsquared Surrey, our business incubator at the Surrey Research Park (or alternative incubator if your business type is not eligible for SETsquared)

Who is suitable for a Foundership?

This programme is suited to anyone with a tested business idea who has a clear roadmap to success and are committed to developing their idea this summer.

Over 80% of funding will go to students from under-represented groups to reduce financial barriers to entrepreneurship.

You do not need to be involved in Student Enterprise already, however you will need to engage with us going forward if you are successful and we expect winners to attend the programme sessions and keep us up to date with their progress.

Please email Student Enterprise Manager Kate Bray with any questions.