We’re empowering 100 drivers and couriers with the training and funding they need to help turn their business idea into a reality.
After completing 9 weekly training sessions delivered by entrepreneurs and experts, participants will attend an all-important graduation and pitching day.
Here, they will pitch their start-up idea to a panel of judges. All participants who complete the programme and pitch their idea on graduation day will be eligible to receive a start-up grant to the value of £2,000, and also be in with a chance of winning a £10,000 grant.
Please note that applications closed on 11 December.
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If you’ve been a driver or courier who has an Uber or Uber Eats account in the UK for at least six months, you meet the minimum rating criteria and you have a business idea (or a start-up under a year old) that is unconnected to your business driving or delivering via the Uber platform, you could be eligible.
You’ll take part in a 9-week programme, where you’ll be trained on a range of skills from honing your business idea to building a home on the web. Each session will last 90 minutes.
In the last week you’ll be invited to a pitch day and graduation ceremony, where judges will award three participants with the top grants of £10,000, £7,500 and £5,000. Everyone who completes the programme will receive a £2,000 grant.
Once applications close, business ideas will be judged based on the chances of success, the likelihood that the programme will help the applicant turn their idea into a reality and the potential positive impact of the business on its local community.
100 successful applicants will be offered a place on a 10 week programme starting w/c 11 January 2021, which will involve 9 weekly 90 minute online training sessions run by Enterprise Nation. Training sessions will cover topics ranging from how to write a business plan, to pitching tips and pricing your offer. During the final week, participants will also be given the opportunity to pitch their business idea at the programme graduation day (w/c 15 March 2021).
All participants that successfully complete the programme and pitch their business idea on graduation day will receive a grant of £2,000. The three best pitches judged to have the most potential on graduation day will have their grants increased to £10,000, £7,500 and £5,000 respectively.
All applicants who are eligible for the programme will also get 12 months’ free access to Enterprise Nation.
This programme is open to:
The deadline for applications is the end of 11 December 2020.
Uber is passionate about supporting the drivers and couriers who use its platform, during what has been a particularly testing time. It also cares deeply about the small businesses and restaurants on its Uber Eats platform.
That’s why it’s teamed up with Enterprise Nation – the UK’s most active small business network – to co-design three support programmes: one for drivers and couriers using the Uber app, one for restaurants on Uber Eats, and another for aspiring food entrepreneurs.
Further, Enterprise Nation is offering all applicants to the programmes free membership to its platform – and all the ongoing support and advice it offers – for 12 months.