Business Builder

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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Step 1: Apply

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.

Step 2: Train

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.

Step 3: Graduate

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.

How does it work?

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:

  • 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
  • Drivers and couriers who have a business idea or a start-up less than a year old, which must be unconnected to their business of driving or delivering via the Uber platform

The deadline for applications is the end of 11 December 2020.

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Why Uber and Enterprise Nation have partnered

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.

Frequently asked questions

Uber is passionate about supporting the drivers and couriers who 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 who 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 who 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.
You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • You are a driver or courier who have had a valid account with Uber or Uber Eats in the UK for at least six months at the date of application
  • You are a driver with a rating of 4.8* or above, or courier with a rating of 85% or above, at the date of application
  • You are a driver or courier who has a business idea or a start-up less than a year old (and willing to set-up a business bank account), which must be unconnected to their business of driving or delivering via the Uber platform
  • You are willing to share your story of how you’ve benefited from the programme to start a business
Your application will be scored across four areas:
  • Chances of success from business idea
  • Will the 10-week training programme help the applicant start-up
  • Will the grant help the business turn their idea into a reality
  • Will the start-up and how they spend the grant have a positive impact on their local community
No. There is no cost to apply or take part in the programme.
Yes. Grants are classed as taxable income.
You will receive the grant within seven days of signing and countersigning of a grant agreement (the week after the graduation ceremony). This will be paid into a business bank account.
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.
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