Startup Support

Cocoa House

Our package of support is designed to help you turn your idea into reality. 

Is it for me?

Our Startup support is for students and recent graduates with an idea they want to develop, and a basic understanding of startup development. If you want to develop your understanding, our skills development programme will bring you right up to speed.

If you're not sure what stage you're at, or you want to find out more, you can book an enterprise appointment, if you can't find a suitable time through our booking system, please email You might also benefit from working though our start up guide.

Proof of Concept Fund

Get a grant of up to £500 to help validate your business idea. Download the application form here. Open to current students and recent graduates.

Accelerator Fund -

Each year, we give out £1500 grants to support students who are planning to work on their business idea over the Summer vacation. Applications for the next year's cohort will open in Easter 2020.

York Business Challenge - 

Student Enterprise, with the generous support of Santander, are launching a competition to find the best Startups and Freelancers at the University of York.

The winner of the 2019 York Business Challenge was Michael Mccreadie with his business Kit Keeper. Applications for next year's competition will open in early 2020

Find out about other competitions to develop your enterprise skills.

Access to workspace

‌Based in the Ron Cooke Hub, the Student Enterprise Space provides you with more than just a place to work on your business. The free hot-desking facilities enable you to meet fellow entrepreneurs, share ideas and gain contacts. Not only that, you will have a professional space to base your business and impress your clients.

Speak to the a member of the Enterprise team if you would like to gain access to the space.