Equity Investment

You can apply for Equity Investment of up to £15,000 in exchange for up to 8% equity in your startup.

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Mentoring Support

Following investment Student Upstarts will support you during your entrepreneurial journey.

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Equity Investment £15,000

With Equity Investment we can invest up to £15,000 funding so you can start your own company.

Starting a business as a student or recent graduate is the best time to begin and Student Upstarts can help you do it. Student Upstarts invests up to £15,000 in exchange for up to 8% equity in student teams to start and grow their own businesses.

The criteria is simple - one member of your team must be a full-time student or have graduated within the last 12 months. This applies to undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD students.

The investment comes from Nick Wheeler, the student entrepreneur who founded Charles Tyrwhitt. Student Upstarts co-founders Christian Jakenfelds and Matthew Stafford help with the set-up of the businesses, mentoring and connections to the right people for the current and next stage in the student teams' entrepreneurial journey.

Any student team from any university can apply for investment.

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Mentoring Support Helping you Startup

For all investments Christian, Matthew and Nick will help the startup as much as we can. This means we will help get you incorporated and set up with bank accounts, an accountant, a lawyer and other service providers as well as connecting you to the most relevant people in London and beyond to help your startup grow in the best possible way.

Student Upstarts The Team

Student Upstarts invests up to £15,000 in exchange for up to 8% equity in student teams to create and build businesses. The criteria is simple - one member of the team must be a full-time student at a UK or European higher education institute, or have graduated from one in the last 12 months. This applies to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. Student Upstarts was established in 2012 with the aim of investing in 100 Student businesses by the end of 2015. The motivation for this is the huge potential of the talent that we see in the UK’s universities together with the belief that with our investment, support and network Student Upstarts will discover the next generation of entrepreneurs who will become the UK’s business leaders and change the world.

Christian Jakenfelds

Christian is the former President of Imperial Entrepreneurs at Imperial College London, where he still acts as a Consultant. During his studies he had worked to set up an incubator program within Imperial for students to start and run their own businesses while studying. However, after 6 months of working towards this goal he was presented with an opportunity to take his work to a city-wide scale and has taken a break from his studies to make this happen.

Email: christian@studentupstarts.com

Twitter: @Jakenfelds

Matthew Stafford

Matthew was one of the first people Christian met to discuss Student Upstarts before it even had a name. His continual involvement and passion for the program lead to him joining the team as a partner, bringing in his wealth of expertise. Matthew is an investor in later stage digital, tech and creative businesses at Pembridge Partnership Limited, is active in the London tech community and was responsible for bringing a Y Combinator partner to the UK for ycldn. He also runs 9others - a problem solving/round table discussion for entrepreneurs over a good meal. Matthew was recently a guest of the British Council in Latvia, to judge their Young Creative Entrepreneur competition, and is on the Entrepreneurship special interest group at The British Computer Society.

Email: matthew@studentupstarts.com

Twitter: @mstafford

Office Space Tileyard Studios

Office space is available in Kings Cross at Tileyard Studios. Join the already established creative community in the thriving Kings Cross are, where huge development continues.

  • 30 Desks

  • Prices from £200 + VAT, per desk, per month - free WiFi, no extras

  • 10 minutes walk from Kings Cross station

  • Free shuttle bus to/from Kings Cross station too

  • Notes coffee shop onsite

  • Established community of artists, producers and radio stations. Noteable residents include Mark Ronson, Basement Jaxx, Tinchy Stryder, Chase & Status and The Prodigy

  • For details on the Tileyard space, email: matthew@studentupstarts.com