Winchester recently teamed up with Student Hubs to provide startup funding opportunities for enterprising students and recent graduates. The funding takes the form of so-called Try It awards.
'Try It' awards offer funding of up to £500 for individuals to try out their business ideas. This might mean finding out if their idea is viable, learning more about what is needed and trying the project on a small scale first. The award provides an opportunity for individuals not yet used to managing large sums of money or planning larger projects to take the first steps towards starting their own project and gaining the skills needed to run it. The funding enables individuals to progress at their own pace with the right support to develop the entrepreneurial skills they will require to, in some cases, take on larger projects.
In previous years, Winchester was able to award external funding to staff, students and recent graduates in the form of start-up awards for (social) enterprise projects, the 'Try It' and 'Do It' Awards. Many of our award holders will be inspiring role models for other students, and are also working with the University's Widening Participation team to inspire future students.
Winchester was shortlisted for the ‘University New to Social Enterprise’ award; it was the most successful university in the Southwest in terms of numbers of applications and awards and was used as a national research case study.