Swan’s Den

Are you a budding entreprenueur looking for a grant of up to £5,000 to invest in your business idea?


The University of Lincoln Students’ Union in partnership with the University of Lincoln is eager to find the next big thing on campus.

We have up to a £5,000 grant to give away to someone who has what it takes to start up their own business. 

We want to invest our time and money into your business idea to help it really take off. By entering Swan’s Den you are able to develop your entrepreneurial skills and employability prospects. 

We’re looking for talented individuals who can handle the heat in the Den. You will need to pitch your idea to a panel of experts in order to get your hands on up to £5,000

Swan's Den dates

Applications for 2018/19 are now open!

Round One

Deadline for entry - 19th October

Half-way pitch - 15th November

Round Two

Deadline for entry - 18th January

Half-way pitch - 13th February


Final pitch for Round One and Round Two - 7th March


Any questions and to get involved please contact [email protected]

Success Stories

Employability Skills

Don’t forget to log your Employability skills on the Employability Dashboard from taking part in this opportunity!
Commercial Awareness – to pitch successfully you need to demonstrate a full understanding of your own business objectives and how you aim to achieve them, but also a greater understanding of the wider industry and any gaps in the market.
Team Working – you need to be able to work well in a team to ensure that all tasks are completed in order to prepare yourselves for pitching.
Problem Solving – you may be faced with difficult questions or challenges, and need to be able to think on your feet of solutions to be successful in winning a grant.
Communication – you are communicating your ideas to the panel through a pitch and business plan, as well as communicating with each other within your team.