Uber and Enterprise Nation: Empowering Journeys

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

Whether helping a driver to build a new business or a restaurant on its path to recovery, the programmes were designed to give people the support they needed to get to where they want to be.

Read more about the initiatives below.

Business Builder

Empowering drivers and couriers to build new businesses.

100 drivers and couriers received funding and support to help them turn a business idea into a business reality. This journey included nine weekly training sessions and a graduation day, plus start-up grants of between £2,000 and £10,000.

Food Fellowship

Empowering the next generation of food entrepreneurs. 

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

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, supports 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

Find out more

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

What is the Uber and Enterprise Nation partnership, Empowering Journeys?

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.

What is Business Builder?

The Business Builder programme provided 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 took part in a 10-week training course, and graduation ceremony, and continue to receive access to Enterprise Nation support.

What is Food Fellowship?

The Food Fellowship programme provided eight food start-ups access to a six-week programme of hands-on education, training and inspiration to help take their start-up idea to reality. With training delivered by Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Experts, participants also received 12 months’ access to Karma Kitchen to hone their skills, and ongoing access to Enterprise Nation support.

Is there a cost for any of these programmes?

No! All the programmes are available to drivers, couriers and restaurants that use the Uber apps, and food start-ups at no cost.