GRANTfinder strive to make funding as simple and accessible as possible, by keeping up to date on the latest funding opportunities and trends.

Scottish Enterprise’s SMART: SCOTLAND grants aim to support high risk, highly ambitious projects to conduct feasibility tests and develop prototypes. They are available to small and medium enterprises based in Scotland.

The UK Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, part of UK Research & Innovation, supports new businesses with a range of services including funding opportunities.

Zero Waste Scotland provide a number of options on funding specific to reducing environmental impacts.

SHIL encourages ideas and innovations from healthcare professionals then uses well-established processes and extensive experience to assess, protect, develop and commercialise – working collaboratively each step of the way.

Social Enterprise funding:

Firstport is a registered charity that started work in 2007 to help social entrepreneurs bring forward their ideas and to make them happen.

Big Issue Invest offers social enterprises, charities and profit-with-purpose businesses loans and investment from £20,000 to £3 million

CyberASAP, funded by DCMS in collaboration with Innovate UK & KTN, helps academics in UK universities commercialise their cyber security ideas.

Venture Capital:

Creator Fund is a student led venture capital fund where students are trained to source opportunities and invest in their peers.

The UK Angel Investment Network connects business entrepreneurs with Angel Investors.

LINC Scotland is the national association for business angels in Scotland, with a membership which includes many active individual investors and most of the main angel groups or syndicates.

LendingCrowd is a fast-growing fintech lending platform. They enable British businesses to grow by connecting them with investors seeking a better return on their money.


Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen.

Crowdcube was inspired by an unshakable belief in entrepreneurs that dream big, push at the edges and want to make a difference, big and small. They support ambitious entrepreneurs to raise money to bring their innovative ideas to life and turn their vision into reality.

Seedrs aspire to make it simple to buy into the businesses you believe in and share in their success. They enable all types of growth-focused businesses to raise capital and a community in the process.

Indiegogo’s crowdfunding campaigns are where new and ground-breaking products take flight, sometimes long before they hit mainstream availability.

Crowdfunder is the equity crowdfunding leader for sourcing and funding high-growth ventures with a network of over 130,000 entrepreneurs and investors.