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.

SBRI – Digital transformation of Hanoi Metro Line 5, Vietnam
Organisations can apply for a share of £300,000, inclusive of VAT, to deliver feasibility studies to support digital innovation for the Hanoi Metro System in Vietnam. \closing date 13/10/21

SBRI Global Rail Export Innovation for Australia, Canada and India
Organisations can apply for a share of £450,000, inclusive of VAT, to support innovation on overseas rail opportunities in Australia, Canada and India. Closing date 13/10/21

EUREKA GlobalStars Taiwan digital industrial collaborations
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £865,000 to develop collaborative innovation projects in partnership with organisations from participating EUREKA members and GlobalStars countries. Closing date 15/12/21

ISCF smart sustainable plastic packaging: business-led R&D
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closing date 08/09/21


Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 1
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £65 million to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Closing date 3/11/21

Eureka Eurostars 3: call 1
UK registered SME’s can apply for a share of up to £2.5million to develop collaborative research in partnership with organisations from participating Eureka Eurostars member countries. Closing date 4/11/21

Ofgem 2021: zero emission transport – Discovery
Organisations can apply for funding under the Ofgem – Strategic Innovation Fund to deliver projects that offer value to energy consumers and society through energy network innovation. Closing date 17/11/21

Ofgem 2021: heat – Discovery
Organisations can apply for funding under the Ofgem – Strategic Innovation Fund to deliver projects that offer value to energy consumers and society through energy network innovation. Closing date 17/11/21

Growing Kent and Medway: Collaborative Research and Development
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business-focused innovation in the horticultural food supply chain.
Closing date 20/10/21

Future flight challenge phase 3: strand 2
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £65 million to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Closing date 3/11/22