Category Archives: Innovation

Survive & Revive: Santander Freelancers Scheme

Are you a UK-based freelancer?

Apply for the #SantanderSurviveandRevive Freelancer financial grant!

The Survive & Revive: Santander Freelancers Scheme aims to provide students/recent graduates with the chance of claiming a £1,000 bursary for undertaking freelance work for a small or medium business. The scheme opens on the 5th February 2021 and closes 31st March 2021.

They have 250 bursaries available, accessible to students/graduates from partner universities, and full info can be found here: Santander Scholarships Skills | Santander UK – Freelancer Scheme (

Create content for small or medium sized enterprises and be awarded £1,000 to help complete the project (T&Cs apply). Visit LINK to find out more #SantanderUniUK

Business Start Up Event – How to be Ready for Anything Workshop

As part of ASPIRE, the business start-up initiative, join Julie Flower, founder of Specialist Generalist, for a fun interactive workshop exploring how we can use improvisation and drama techniques to develop creative problem-solving skills, build confidence and be comfortable with uncertainty.

Date: Wednesday 25 November
Time: 1.30pm – 2.45pm

Zoom link register here:

Things to note:

· It will be a very active and participatory workshop, with a mixture of whole group and small group exercises and discussion

· We would like you to be in a place where you can speak freely and ideally have some freedom of movement

· We would like you to keep your cameras on throughout

· Ideally, for the best experience, you should log-on via a laptop or desktop

· If you have any access requirements, or additional needs, that it would be useful for us to know about beforehand so that the exercises can best meet your needs, it would be great if you could let us know in advance. Email or call 01227 816492.

£5,000 Grant for your Student Project! Deadline 7th December

The Student Projects Grant Scheme is funded by the Kent Opportunity Fund, which was established to increase opportunities for students at Kent, today and in the future.

The Student Projects Grant Scheme allows donations given by alumni and friends of the University to reach as many students as possible by enabling individuals to bid for funds to run their own projects.

The 2018/19 Student Projects Grant Scheme will be open for applications on 1st October 2018.

The deadline for the applications is 7th December 2018.

The total amount available to fund student projects is £45,000, with a maximum grant of £5,000 per project.

Applications are welcome from student groups in Kent Union, departments, faculties and schools across the University, including the campuses in Canterbury and Medway, our centre in Tonbridge and the University’s European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.


If you have any questions, please contact Alex Perkins.
Telephone: 01227 824547 E-mail:

Innovation Hub

You may have a business, you may have a business idea, you may want to learn how to generate ideas – Hub is a dedicated base for start-up support and incubation at the University of Kent.

To talk to our professional business advisor, please sign up here.

In November we are inviting our external business mentors to come in for a day to run business surgeries.

Want to propel your business in the digital space?
Talk to our Digital Marketing mentor!

November 1st, Thur. Please, book.

Not sure how to evaluate your start-up expenses?
Come to a session with an accountant!
November 13th, Tue. Please, book.

Love the idea of making a change?
Feel like giving back to the community?
Like the idea of running a business?
Social Enterprise Conference
November 1st 2018, Thursday, 12 noon – 4pm, Free admission
A great opportunity to meet like-minded people, network and learn:
– the difference between charity and CIC
– available funding
– local and national success stories
– pitfalls of running a social enterprise
Please, register here.

This year on top of our usual business support activities we are rolling out the #DigitalReboot programme with digital start-up support.

#DigitalReboot APP CHALLENGE

Got an idea for an app?
We can help you digitalise your future!
The Challenge this year is focusing on 17 UN Sustainability Goals.
Teams of 2-4 students are welcome to apply online
Deadline for applications – November 7th.

To increase your chances of successful application we would advise you to book a free confidential 1-2-1 session with a digital business advisor.

Within #DigitalReboot we have just launched Student meet-ups at Mungo’s where students with ideas meet students will skills to create something amazing! Come along to meet entrepreneurial students, find a business partner and socialise.

So many opportunities and so little time!

An option of studying online and acquiring skills on starting your own business is also on MOODLE with Enterprise Skills Award (ESA).

The great news is that by attending all mentioned events (including online module) and taking part in all competitions you will also receive Employability Points!

Be your own boss, learn about starting a business and meet like-minded people!

For further information, please, contact the Hub

T: 01227 824641