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.

PEMD Scale-up: Strand 2, manufacturing process development
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to scale up manufacturing in the power electronics, machines and drives supply chain. This strand will fund manufacturing process industrialisation to enhance volume and niche productivit Closing date 07/12/22

NATEP Helping SMEs innovate in aerospace: Autumn 2022
UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for industrial-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects.
Closing date 11/01/23

SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions Round 2
UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for early-stage and mid-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging. Closing Date 09/11/2022

Ofgem Round 2: Discovery – Supporting a just energy transition
Projects can range in size up to total eligible costs of £150,000, exclusive of VAT. Closing date 23/11/2022

Innovative technologies for nucleic acid medicines manufacturing

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million for manufacturing innovation for nucleic acid medicines. This funding is from Innovate UK. Closing date 21/12/2022

Innovation in Professional and Financial Services – single applicants
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for projects that develop new products and services within Professional and Financial Services. Closing date 09/11/2022

Digitalisation and Automation of Medicines R&D and Manufacture
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £5 million. This is to support digitalised and automated technology innovation and implementation for pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. This funding is from Innovate UK. Closing date 21/12/2022


Net zero living: Pioneer places
UK registered businesses and local authorities can apply for a share of up to £2 million to plan for a place based demonstration of ways to accelerate progress towards net zero. Closing date 30/11/2022

Global Centre of Rail Excellence: railway construction innovation
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £575,000 for feasibility studies with projects to propose, deliver and demonstrate Innovation in Railway Construction. Funding is from the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Closing date 14/12/2022

Commercialising Connected and Automated Mobility: Supply Chain
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £16 million for projects to develop technologies and capabilities in the Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) supply chain. Closing date 11/01/2023

Zero Emission Propulsion CR&D
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million for net zero propulsion innovative projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.
Closing date 7/12/2022

Circular Economy for SMEs – innovating with NICER, round 2
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches.
Closing date 7/12/2022