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The SEED Fund helps grow new business ideas or start-ups run by UAL students and graduates. Apply for funding awards of up to £5,000 to support your early-stage business/ social enterprise or to get a new idea off the ground.

The SEED Fund is open to all UAL students and recent graduates. It offers you financial support to develop your creative ideas into a sustainable business or practice. The fund is also open to those who have an existing project or early-stage business that they want to develop further.

Successful applicants also get access to a network of business mentors and intellectual property advisors. These are provided through the Enterprise Mentorship programme and Own-It Direct programme, respectively.

You don't have to have a proven track record in developing projects to apply. We just want to find people with good ideas and help them flourish.


  • Receive up to £5,000 funding.
  • Get mentoring and advice, including business planning support, legal advice, and access to relevant professional expertise.
  • Gain recognition.

Who can apply?

The SEED Fund supports creative individuals or groups who demonstrate a highly innovative and sustainable project or business plan. Funding is available to current UAL students and graduates (within two years of graduation from their date of application).

Registered businesses must be based in the UK. Whilst international collaborations and overseas trading and sourcing are encouraged, projects must have a presence and base in the UK.

International students and graduates

International students and graduates who wish to stay in the UK after graduation to set up their own business can apply for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa as part of the SEED Fund.

More information is available on our International: Graduate Entrepreneur Visa page.


Applications are currently closed - please check back in October 2016 for details on the next round.

Please be aware that applications will only be considered in batches following the published deadline. Applications submitted well in advance of the published deadline will be saved and reviewed following the next deadline.

For further enquiries, please email

Apply now

Read the SEED Fund application guidelines before completing the application form and submit it via the online portal.

SEED Fund application guidelines 2016 (Word 37.0 KB)

SEED Fund application form 2016 (Word 66.0 KB)