​On this page you will find links and resources to help you to fund your business idea. If you need to apply for funding, or want to enter one of the competition or initiatives below make sure you contact us for help beforehand.

Dev Bank Wales

The Development Bank of Wales provide flexible business finance for companies based in Wales from £1,000 up to £5 million. Loans and equity. Secured and unsecured.


ACCELERATE is a programme launched and led by the Life Sciences Hub Wales, it aims to support and accelerate the translation of ideas from the health care system into new technology, products and services. ACCELERATE promotes the deployment and adoption of new technology, products and services into health and care, to create lasting economic value in Wales.

Shell live WIRE

Shell live WIRE is the UK's largest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30. The site offers free business start-up advice and start-up awards from £1000 to £10000 to help young graduates get their businesses off the ground. 

For more information on Shell investment, click here.

The Pitch
The Pitch is marketed as the UK's largest pitching competition. It's a great way to test out your business idea and get support and investment into your business.

They say...

Over the years The Pitch has helped thousands of small businesses grow, and in that time we've done a fair bit of growing ourselves!

Since starting as a pitching competition back in 2008 we've evolved into one of the UK's most exciting small business programmes, geared up to educate, empower and enable entrepreneurs just like you to take your business to the next level.

How do we do this? We run an inspiring programme of activity both online and through our awesome live events, all designed to give you the skills, support and exposure you need to succeed. And the best part? It's all completely free!

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Micro Small Business Fund

Welsh Government Grant funding for tourism related businesses.


Unltd - Funding and support for Social Enterprise

Do It Award - £5000 cash prize and support.

Grow It Award - £15,000 Cash Award & Support.

Spaces for Change - £5000 Cash Award & Support.


FSB - Support, Events and Awards

The FSB (Federation of Small Businesses is the largest body in the UK representing small businesses. Membership of the FBS brings many rewards. The FSB are also very active in South Wales and run a number of networking events, these are for free or with a low fee. They also have business awards, more details here.


Virgin Media Business VOOM

Also know as Pitch to Rich, a great opportunity to pitch your business idea to leading entrepreneurs, including Richard Branson (in the final). There were not a huge number of entries in Cardiff last year, so this would be a great chance to take your idea to the next level.

Want some advice?

Drop us a line if you need advice or support for your entry or your pitch. Contact us here.