Jun 10 2024

We’re pleased to let you know that applications for the Santander X UK Awards 2024 are now open!

The Santander X UK Awards is Santander’s annual entrepreneurship competition for emerging businesses. To date the programme has supported thousands of early-stage entrepreneurs and provided more than £1 million of funding over the last 14 years.

You can find more information and the link to apply on the Santander X UK Awards web page. The closing date for applications is 16 July 2024.

This year’s competition once again has two categories: University (for university-linked new businesses looking to launch) and Startup (for growing UK businesses who are ready to scale). We’re committed to supporting both university entrepreneurs and the wider business community with their growth ambitions, and so the Startup category continues to be open to all incorporated UK businesses who met the criteria – see their webpage for further information.

  • Applications (1st stage) close: 16 July 2024
  • Shortlisting: 100 businesses (50 in each category) will be shortlisted by our programme partner Oxentia by 6 September. The shortlisted businesses will be invited to take part in a series of online expert-led pitch workshops and receive group and 1:1 coaching. All 100 candidates will then pitch virtually through a series of heats in early October to select 30 semi-finalists (15 per category).
  • Semi-finals: The 30 semi-finalists will pitch in person at Unity Place the w/c 28 October to select 12 finalists (6 per category).
  • National Final: On 14 November 2024, the 12 finalists pitch live at the National Final at Unity Place to a high-profile panel of judges, including Mike Regnier, Santander UK Chief Executive and William Vereker, Santander UK Chairman. 

 There will be six winners overall (3 per category), who will win up to £25,000 funding and automatically progress to the Santander X Global Award, the bank’s international entrepreneurship competition where they will have the opportunity to compete against the best early-stage startups from across Europe and Latin America in Spring 2025.

Santander X UK Awards 2024 info webinar

Date: Thursday 20 June 2024

Time: 12-12:45pm

Overview: Join us to find out more about this year’s competition and hear from some of our previous winners and participants as they discuss how the Santander X Awards programme has shaped their businesses, and what benefits they gained from taking part in the competition. 

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcuytqTsvHtWhoUVFmWEGbQBSHxD6zBnS