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Careers and Enterprise

Try It awards

If you have an idea for a social or commercial enterprise you’d like to set up, you can apply for up to £500 of funding to help you to test your concept. If you are successful, you will be fast-tracked for a place on QIncubator to receive training and mentoring from industry experts over the course of a 8-week programme.

At this stage you don’t need to have a business plan, just a problem you want to solve and some idea of how you might do it.

We encourage you to book an Enterprise Appointment with the Enterprise team before submitting your application form and video. To book an appointment, call 020 7882 8533 or book online

How to apply

  • Complete our application form on QM Careers Hub. Register your interest to be the get a reminder when our applications are open 
  • Create a 2-minute video pitch (max) that introduces your idea. In your pitch you should include:
    • A summary of your idea
    • What problem are you solving and your solution
    • Who your customers/ users are (e.g. who you think would pay for it)
    • Why you need funding, and how this funding will allow you to test your concept
  • Upload your video by the next available deadline to any hosting service such as YouTube or Vimeo, and write the link on your application form 
  • Include your video link to your application
  • If your application is successful you will be invited to pitch again in person at a panel interview.

Funding deadlines

Round 1: Applications open 1st November and will close 28th November 2021

Interviews: 6th /7th / 8th December 2021 (Subject to panel availability)

Round 2: Applications open 28th March and will close on 18th April 2022

Interviews: 25th /26th / 27th April 2022 (Subject to panel availability)

Round 3: Applications open 16th May and will close on 12th June 2022

Interviews: 20th /21st / 22nd June 2022 (Subject to panel availability)

If you have any queries or issues submitting your application, please email us at