Funding and Competitions

Whether you are looking to develop the an App, make a difference to the planet or you want to be the next Alun Sugar, check out the external competitions that are available for you to take part in via the Careers Website.

uea (su) also runs its own competitions which are designed to help you kick start an idea by giving you funding of up to £200. 

Spark - Make the world a brighter place

Spark is a funding competition which encourages students to run a project or venture that is interesting, innovative and will have an impact locally, nationally or globally.

The Spark Award Fund is to enable students to test an idea, get a venture off the ground or to gain experience running a project. Awards are up to £200 each and available to current undergraduate and postgraduate UEA students.

Applications open on 1st September 2018 and close on 1st May 2019.

For questions and queries, please contact uea(su)'s Enterprise and Activities Officer, Victoria -

Click here to apply for spark funding 

Check out some previous Spark funded projects...


Diaspora Diaries

Set up by Rahul Metha while he was starting his 4th year of Medicine, Diaspora Diaries is a collective of like-minded individuals writing about the culture and experiences of people of colour (POC) at UEA.

The publication set out to 1. Discuss issues facing students of colour, whether they are international students or x-generation immigrants; 2. Nurture talent, whether it is journalistic, artistic, etc; 3. Educate other students on the cultural diversity of UEA. Founder Rahul said “an opportunity for students to dissect and analyse cultural norms and taboos, thus helping improve not only students' mind-sets but their critical thinking too.”

Spark funding helped print two editions of Diaspora Diaries before the publication became self-funded through its own profit sales.

Rahul also landed himself Student Enterprise of the Year at the 2018 Transformation and Recognition awards as well as Equality & Diversity Honours for his contribution to the most equality and diversity within a society.


Budget Bites

Budget Bites in centered upon the core objective of reducing food waste and helping the less fortunate such as homeless individuals, people who suffer from food poverty and refugees in our local community.

By collaborating with local stores and non-profit organisations, team members collect food surplus and turn it into packaged, sellable items which can be bought by the local community here in Norwich. Through this project, Enactus has worked with both the SU Shop and Unio Café to upcycle whatever food surplus they can provide and managed to upcycle 11.5 kg of food surplus in the first quarter of 2018.

Spark funding was used partly to fund new necessary equipment and additional ingredients to upcycle the food surplus.





Warisan Batik

Warisan Batik was set up by Anya Pover when she was studying for her Social Work master’s degree. Set up to promote the ancient tradition of batik, Anya works with Indonesian artisans to create products that are inspired by social development.

Spark funding helped Anya develop the packaging for her products, create business cards and help cover the costs of exhibiting her work at local craft fairs thus, enabling her to source potential buyers and make connections with the public.

The project has allowed for the local Indonesian community to participate actively in product design and to have input and leadership in regard to fabric choices for the product range. I have communicated with suppliers online and been able to use funds raised to pay for school supplies for local children.

Since setting up Warisan Batik, Anya has been contacted by ‘Ambassador Bright’ who design and showcase swimwear in Sweden to become a brand ambassador for them through social media collaboration.



The Queer Review  

The Queer Review is an up and coming publication at UEA that's all about queer literature! Featuring book reviews, opinion pieces, new releases, creative writing, TV and film.
Set up by UEA undergraduate’s Yaiza Canopoli and Beverly Devakishen, Spark funding helped the founders put on a launch event during LGBT+ history month, fund their first 3 issues and buy promotional material. Since its conception, The Queer Review has gone on to be set up an official UEA (SU) Society and taken on Illustrator and Secretary Miles Atkinson, Illustrator and Treasurer Isabelle Siddle and TV & film editor and Health and Safety Officer Chloë Murrell.




Brainstorm - money for your ideas

BRAINSTORM ideas battle is a funding competition for bold, imaginative and creative business ideas, open exclusively to undergraduate and postgraduate students at University of East Anglia. 

The competition will run in 4, 1- month blocks in October, November 2018 and February and March 2019. Throughout each month, students have the opportunity to pitch their ideas via our online application form and will have to compete against other entries in order to secure funding of £150. At the end of each month, the best entrant – judged by a panel of staff at UEA – will win £150 funding to kick start their idea. One runner-up, as decided monthly by the guest judge, will receive £75. 


Our aim is simple: we want to find passionate entrepreneurial students with exciting, imaginative, bold and brilliant business ideas and give them the chance to win funding, publicity, and help to move from business idea to business plan. 

How to enter 

Simply, tell us your idea, in 150 characters or fewer, and you could win a monthly prize of £150. 

Click here to apply for Brainstorm funding