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KU Backer

Do you need funding for your idea? Do you want to build a prototype or test a design? KUBacker can help!


KUBacker is a crowdfunding site solely for KU staff and students. We can help you raise support for your social enterprise or start-up business, and help showcase your idea to 1000s of alumni (we have more than 100,000 alumni with known email addresses). There are no fees to use the platform, you receive 100% of the money raised – providing you reach your minimum target – and in some cases there is £ for £ matched funding available. We’d love to help get your idea off the ground and support innovation happening here at Kingston!


KUBacker is Kingston University’s very own crowdfunding platform. It allows students and members of the University to develop their interests and to pursue creative and entrepreneurial projects; which will make a difference to the lives of their fellow students, the University and the wider community.

Through KUBacker we’ve shifted the power into your hands. Whether you’re a student, a team or a member of staff KUBacker can help you change the world one donation at a time.

Use KUBacker NOW to raise funds from your networks

There is no need to wait. We have done a ‘soft launch’ of the site and you can raise funds from your networks right now!

Contact us for help and advice on getting your project up and running and how to effectively promote your campaign

Take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Project promoted to Kingston University alumni, over 190,000 potential donors worldwide.
  • There is no charge to use the site (annual fees are covered by DARE).
  • Gift-aid (+25%) can be added to donations.

Be an early adopter to get £ for £ funding!*

For a short period of time, eligible projects will be offered £ for £ funding on money raised. Contact Chris Clements on to find out if your project would be eligible.

Find out more here, or email Sarah at


Kingston University are hosting not one, but TWO hackathons this November! Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to work with universities across the globe!

Social Storm


Social Storm returns 17-18 November tackling global problems through collaborative innovation

Social Storm is back again on 17-18 November! Our 24-hour social innovation hackathon, will bring together 200 students, from over 15 universities, spanning 5 countries, to collaborate to find innovative solutions to global problems.

We’re looking for people who believe they can make a difference to society, from any background or degree discipline. You will be challenged to work in multinational and multi-location teams, overcoming cultural and language barriers to build an effective team; to create, validate, and pitch a solution.

Social Storm 2017 will be tackling two UN Sustainable Development Goals; Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable & Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

If you are passionate about finding solutions to these pressing social issues, find out more at our website.

Interested? Please contact Devaki Amin ( to sign up, and follow the link to book your free ticket!




Join an International Hackathon – 24th – 26th November

How would you like to extend your network, respond to a global challenge working internationally with people you’ve never met before and submit a pitch for an innovative idea?  Here’s your chance with IN2IT.

This November you can join an international, online Hackathon bringing together students from Israel, France, Poland and the UK, co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. I2IT will give you the opportunity to join a virtual, international team, and work together to develop an idea for a product or service. The challenge will focus on a topic of global interest: Cities of the Future.

The top performers from KU will travel to a conference in Milan, Italy next spring in order to share their experiences.

As a participant you’ll receive an online pack to review two weeks prior to the 36hour hackathon taking place on the 24th-26th November.

Students from all disciplines, of all ages and all backgrounds are welcome!

Interested? Please contact Devaki Amin ( to sign up and follow the link to book your free ticket! 

DEADLINE: Thursday 9 November 12pm


Still unsure of which one to choose?





Friday 17th– Saturday 18th


Friday 24th – Sunday 26th



Kingston Hill campus

Work from home


24 Hours

36 Hours


Cities, Climate change and resilience

Cities of the Future

UN Sustainable Development Goals covered

11 and 13




Yes – 4 hours of materials given two weeks in advance



The Mayor’s Entrepreneur

The Greater London Authority’s Environment Team are offering 20-part time paid internships from September/October 2017 for 6 months. These internship roles are an opportunity for motivated individuals to gain work-based skills in a local government environment.

Contract Type: 6 Months Fixed Term part time (3.5 hours per week)

Salary: £9.75 per hour

Grade: London’s Living Wage 

Closing Date: 20 September 2017

Interview Date: w/c 25 September 2017

Working alongside your studies as part of a small but dynamic team you will help to run the Mayor’s Entrepreneur – a London-wide competition for students. You will assist in promoting the competition to students and staff at London’s Higher and Further Education institutions through direct contact, workshops, social media and other verbal and written methods.

Successful candidates will be employed by the Mayor’s Fund and seconded to the Greater London Authority.

If you have a question about the role or the recruitment process, please contact our resourcing team via email at

To apply: please complete the application and equal opportunities forms and return by email to

Click here to APPLY!


The Formations Company Entrepreneur Award

Calling All Budding Student Entrepreneurs!

Enter the Formations Company Entrepreneur Award for a chance to win a £1,000 grant and a free company formation!


 The Formations Company Entrepreneur Award is returning for a second year, but this time the award isn’t just for students, but is open to all aspiring entrepreneurs! Entrants from all walks of life will have the chance to battle it out for a £1,000 grant to put towards developing their brilliant business idea, while also getting their company formed entirely for free.

Many entrepreneurs have great and innovative business ideas but struggle to get them up and running. Sometimes all that is needed is a little helping hand to get things started – and that’s what The Formations Company Entrepreneur Award is all about. The Entrepreneur Award is a business grant created to attract the brightest new talent from across any industry or sector.

To apply, all that is needed is entrepreneurial flair and a truly great business idea. You could be a student, a mum or a business enthusiast, wherever you are from in the UK and whatever you do, if you have that special business model, The Formations Company want to hear from you.

The winning entry will take the grand prize of a £1,000 business grant and have their limited company set up for free. As the award is in partnership with Barclays, the winner will also receive an invaluable start-up package including professional guidance and mentorship to help turn the business idea into a reality.

Last year’s winner was Fergus Kennedy, a 21-year old Cambridge University Student. His business idea, ParaPatch, a social enterprise concept in which immunisations are transported to remote locations via drone technology impressed the judges for being unique, ambitious as well as potentially life saving. 

Speaking at the time, Fergus said “I’m thrilled to have won – support from The Formations Company will enable me to continue exploring the newest and most exciting technologies”.


Piers Chead, CEO of The Formations Company said:

“We expect the quality of applicants this year to be especially high – with prizes as fantastic as a mentorship package from Barclays Business and a £1,000 business grant, winning the award could truly help an aspiring entrepreneur find their feet. We look forward to helping the winning idea become a reality.”

For the chance to get those business ideas off the ground, apply by visiting: and fill out the application form. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017.



University Alliance: Innovating Future Business Competition

On May 10th Kingston University was represented by Marketing Management student Ashema Edwards, hosted at the University of Salford at Media City UK. 

The competition was run by University Alliance and 11 Universities participated. University Alliance are Britain’s Universities for cities and region, committed to providing the high quality teaching that is critical to creating the world’s future leaders and problem solvers. They bring together Universities across Britain and focus on preparing students for a career in industry and the professions.

Ashema Edwards represented Kingston University and pitched her business, Dinky Do Dah, to a panel of five investors, who each had £1000 to give to the competitors and could divide the money anyway they chose.   

Dinky Do Dah is London’s first nail art studio exclusively for kids. They provide fun nail art designs that can be customised to fit any part/event theme. Their nail polish and paints are non-toxic, odour-free and 100% washable so are safe for children to use and won’t ruin any of their clothes.

The judges then deliberated and both Scott Fletcher MBE, ANS founder, and Nadia Fortune Nesbit and Cleveland McCurdy, Cariocca Enterprises invested in Ashema’ s business and offered their mentoring services.