Bathtub Bursary

Levelling the playing field for starting a business.

The Bathtub Bursary is a programme designed to enable budding entrepreneurs.

It is available for those from low opportunity backgrounds or difficult circumstances to access all the vital lifelines necessary to start and build a sustainable business.

This programme is at the core of why we exist. So why do we do it?

To bring our vision to life and enable enterprise as a viable, vibrant and supported option for all.

To reduce unemployment through business support and job creation.

To enabling more people who don’t have natural access to the support, network and finances, allowing them to realise their dreams of starting and running their own venture.

How does the Bathtub Bursary work? 

The Bursary is an 18 month programme of space, support, advice and connections.

It involves commitment to engage with the full Bathtub network, being allocated a Tub mentor, regular review sessions and hopefully the environment to provide you with the confidence, knowledge and network you need to start and grow your business.

The full programme lasts up to 18 months. 12 months of this is free membership. After 12 months there is a panel presentation & review. If successful you would be awarded a further 6 months at 50% standard membership.

Are you eligible for a Bathtub Bursary?

Our Bursary programme has specific eligibility criteria alongside our standard membership application criteria. This is to ensure the places are awarded to the businesses and entrepreneurs that can benefit the most from it.

You qualify if…

  • You will be enrolled in an enterprise programme run by another not-for-profit organisation (e.g. The Prince’s Trust or local & regional grass roots initiatives), OR
  • You can demonstrate you have been unemployed for 3 months or more (not by choice), OR
  • You are a charity less than 24 months old

You must also…

  • Be up to 2 founders in team size
  • Be within its first full year of trading
  • Show you intend to create at least one new job within 18 months
  • Pass a simple interview with us to show you will benefit from and participate fully in the Bathtub community.