Uber and Enterprise Nation: Empowering Journeys

Together with Enterprise Nation, Uber has launched three exciting new initiatives to empower drivers, couriers, restaurants and new food entrepreneurs.

Whether it’s helping a driver to build a new business or a restaurant on its crucial path to recovery, the programmes are designed to give people the support they need to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Discover more about the initiatives below.

Business Builder

Empowering drivers and couriers to build new businesses.

100 drivers and couriers will receive funding and support to help them turn a business idea into a business reality. This journey includes 9 weekly training sessions and a graduation day, plus a start-up grant of between £2,000 and £10,000.

The programme is open to drivers and couriers who:

  • Have had a valid account with Uber or Uber Eats in the UK for at least six months at the date of application
  • Drivers with a rating of 4.8* or above, and couriers with a rating of 85% or above, at the date of application
  • Have a business idea or a start-up less than a year old that is unconnected to their business of driving or delivering via the Uber platform

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Food Fellowship

Empowering the next generation of food entrepreneurs.

Eight food entrepreneurs will take their food start-up to the next level via a six-week, hands-on educational programme. Participants will have one year’s access to a shared workbench at Karma Kitchen in north-west London.

The programme is open to food entrepreneurs who:

  • Want to start a food business in the UK or who have one that’s less than two years old
  • Are willing to use a Karma Kitchen start-up space for 12 months

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where everyone can be themselves and succeed on merit. We warmly welcome people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

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Restaurant Hub

Empowering restaurants to rebuild and recover.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the restaurant industry. This e-learning programme, open to all restaurants on Uber Eats in the UK with fewer than five locations, will support owners and their teams on their journey to recovery.

The programme is open to all restaurants on Uber Eats in the UK that:

  • Require help to recover from the impact of COVID-19
  • Can commit to 12 bite-sized e-learning modules
  • Have five locations or fewer
  • Have ambitions to grow their business

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About Enterprise Nation

Working out how to start and grow a business can be tough. That’s where we come in.

Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers that exist to shortcut your route to trusted business support. Whether you’re starting or growing a business, we have the resources, expertise, and connections to help you get it right.

We’ve partnered with Uber to deliver these additional support programmes for aspiring entrepreneurs and restaurant owners – alongside offering all applicants 12 months’ free access to our ongoing business support and advice.

Frequently asked questions

Uber is passionate about supporting the drivers and couriers that use its app, small businesses and making the UK a great place to start and grow a business. Uber and Enterprise Nation have teamed up to provide three support programmes: one for drivers and couriers that use the Uber app, one for small businesses on Eats, and another for aspiring food entrepreneurs.
The Business Builder programme will provide 100 drivers and couriers that use the Uber app the education and funding to help get their own start-up idea off the ground. Successful applicants will take part in a 10-week training course, graduation ceremony and receive ongoing access to Enterprise Nation support.
The Food Fellowship programme will provide eight food start-ups access to a six week programme of hands-on education, training and inspiration to help take start-up idea to reality. With training delivered by Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Experts and 12 months access to Karma Kitchen to hone your skills, successful applicants will also receive ongoing access to Enterprise Nation support.
No! All the programmes are available to drivers, couriers and restaurants that use the Uber apps, and food start-ups at no cost.
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