Funding, networking and business support
Opportunities and help for students and alumni start-ups
Funding for your business idea and start-up
We've given over £1 million of funding to start-ups. The Bathgate Start-up fund is currently on hold and we are not accepting new applications for the time being, whilst we prepare our new offer. If you have submitted an application or you are waiting on the outcome of an application, you will contacted in due course.
We will post information about our new funding provision here as soon as it is confirmed.
The Start-up Visa enables successful international applicants to remain in the UK for two years to develop and establish their business.
Full details of the Start-up Visa can be found on the UK Home Office website.
LJMU’s Start-up Hub runs a year-long programme for current LJMU postgraduate international students, helping to prepare applications for the Start-up Visa. This programme is designed to run alongside current postgraduate studies at LJMU.
For more information about the programme please contact us.
Current LJMU students can access a wealth of useful start-up resources in our Start-up Toolkit – simply sign up to our Canvas page to access this. You can also join our Facebook groups to network with like-minded people and sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with what’s happening here at the Start-up Hub.
When you’re ready to get your venture under way, our business adviser has a wealth of business knowledge to help you navigate your start-up journey. Our adviser can also signpost you to specialist support in the local area. Whatever your business idea, we’re here to help you think critically and evaluate the possibilities.
Our adviser is on hand to help you apply for the Bathgate Funding available through the Start-up Hub. If you’d like to find out more about this scheme or support in your application then contact us.
You can sign up to a varied programme of start-up related half day sessions and enterprise training events throughout the year. Join a short workshop to help you explore your initial ideas or attend one of our week long training programmes, such as our Start-up School, which help you to develop your business idea and test out its viability. Follow us on our social media pages to keep up to date with what’s coming up or contact us directly to find out more about the training schemes we’re currently running.