Generate funding competition 2017/18

Win up to £10,000 for your business venture

Do you have a great idea but need a bit of funding to get it up and running? Are you already working on a business venture but need help getting it to the next stage? Are you a current student or recent alumni (within two years of graduation)? If so, why not take part in the LSE funding competition run by Generate at LSE Careers? With two separate competitions running in Michaelmas and Lent Terms, you have a chance to compete with fellow LSE entrepreneurs to win up to £10,000 towards your venture. 

We are looking to award money to interesting projects at any stage of maturity to help them move to the next stage of development. In each case, we award an amount that makes a significant impact to the business. Typically, around 3-5 businesses are selected for funding from each competition.

LSE Generate Funding Competition is now open for applications

Apply here: Initial application for funding Lent Term 2018

Read about the latest projects we have funded on our blog.

In Summer Term, the winners of each competition are invited to apply to the LSE Entrepreneur and LSE Social Entrepreneur of the Year competitions where an overall winner of each category will also be chosen and awarded additional funding.

Application timeline

generate funding competition timeline
Wednesday 3 January

Competition opens and we begin accepting entries

Friday 26 January

Deadline for first round applications

Friday 2 February

Results of acceptance to next round released

Friday 23 February

Deadline for second round applications

Friday 2 March

Results of acceptance to final round released

Friday 16 March

Final showdown


Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

The funding competitions are the mechanism through which LSE students and alumni can seek endorsement for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa with no restriction for applying with regard to the time elapsed since your graduation. While funding awards are restricted to current students and recent graduates, sponsorship can still be granted to those who do not win the competition. For more details see the International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) website.


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