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 - Applications now closed for 2019

Each year, we give out £1500 grants to support students who are planning to work on their business idea over the Summer vacation.

York Business Challenge - Finale 4 June 2018

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 competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and recent graduates (within two years) of the University of York, with a winning prize up to £1500 which will be presented at the University’s Innovation Lecture from Twitter MD Bruce Daisley. 

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.