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Foundership Grant Scheme

Foundership Scheme

The Student Enterprise team is pleased to announce that the Foundership Grant Scheme will be returning for the summer of 2023! 

Do you want to spend the summer working on developing your business idea? Do you need funding and support to take it further? 

The Foundership Scheme allows students to dedicate 12 weeks across the summer months working on their business idea in our fantastic, city-centre co-working space, with support from an amazing network of inspirational experts. 

Plus, up to £2500 in funding!

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The Foundership Grant Fund Scheme is generously supported using funding from the University of Southampton alumni community.

What is the Foundership Scheme?

The Foundership Grant scheme is a fantastic opportunity for students and recent graduates at the University of Southampton to develop their own business over the summer. The Foundership provides a full support programme, dedicated co-working space, as well as funding over a 12-week period, starting in July 2023.

Who is it for?

The Foundership Grant scheme is open to current University of Southampton Students as well as recent graduates.

It is for those who have researched their market and their competitors and for those who have validated their business idea by speaking to potential customers.

What do you get?

If successfully selected for the Foundership you will receive:


Up to £2500 of grant funding to allow you to work on your business full time over the summer.


12 weeks of regular support comprised of:

  • Weekly 1:1 mentoring sessions from the Student Enterprise team over the full 12-week programme.
  • 6 weeks of structured learning and support sessions with experts covering marketing, sales and more!


Access to dedicated co-working space in the heart of Southampton city centre.

Team Building

A team building day with the rest of the 2023 Foundership cohort, that will include sailing on the University yacht.


Lifetime access to the Foundership Founders Network. A community where past and current Foundership founders can meet and support each other.

When is it?

The Foundership operates across the summer months, commencing in the first week of July and running through to the end of September. Successful applicants will also need to be ready to present their business at the Showcase event in October.

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