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.

UK-Singapore Collaborative R&D
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3 million for the purpose of developing innovative proposals with Singapore. Closing date 20/04/22

SBRI – Climate and Environmental Risk Analytics for Resilient Finance: Phase 1
Organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million inclusive of VAT, to develop solutions that integrate climate and environmental factors in the financial services industry. Closing date 16/02/22

Commercialising quantum technologies: feasibility studies round 3
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £6 million for projects to advance the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK. Closing date 9/03/22


Driving the Electric Revolution – Building Talent for the Future 2: EoI
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4.5 million for innovative skills, talent, and training projects for Power Electronics, Motors and Drives (PEMD). This funding is from the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge. Closing date 2/02/22

Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 5
UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits. Closing date 2/02/22

NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace – Autumn 2021
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects. This funding is from the ATI Programme. Closing date 12/1/22

Made Smarter Innovation: Sustainable Smart Factory
UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £20million for digital innovation projects that will improve the resource efficiency and energy efficiency of manufacturing processes in factories.
Closing date 26/1/22