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Careers and Enterprise

Try It awards

Win £500 to test your business, freelance or social enterprise idea

Apply now

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

  • 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 3: Friday 5th March 2021  - Monday 5th April 2021, 11:59pm

Interviews: 19th / 20th / 21st April 2021 (Subject to panel availability)

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