About SWEF

Helping Young Entrepreneurs Realise Their Business Dreams

We set up the South West Enterprise Fund (SWEF) with the aim of supporting 500 young entrepreneurs a year to develop their business ideas.

We are a private fund that is looking to support a variety of driven individuals who do not have the initial funds to develop their business:

  • Grant funding (More Info)
    For businesses that have been trading for less than two years.
  • Peer group support
    Become part of a peer group of young entrepreneurs.
  • Access to a business mentor
    Discuss business issues with a business advisor.
Don't get a job ... make a job
Nick Robinson
A message from our founder

I was fortunate to save up enough money in my twenties to self-fund a business. That initial funding gave me the confidence to try self-employment and entrepreneurship.

At SWEF, we would like to provide that same opportunity to other young people in the South West who don’t have the initial funds required to start their business or take their newly established business to the next stage.

From £200 to £2,000, donations will vary depending on individual requirements. The key criteria we look for are initiative and a strong work ethic. SWEF has a desire to help young people change their lives through entrepreneurship.

People, living in the South West, aged 30 or under, with a business idea or a newly started business, can get more info here.

Nick Robinson

Become a mentor with SWEF
Become a Mentor

Can You Help Young Entrepreneurs to Move in the Right Direction?

There are opportunities for people with business skills to act as mentors for new businesses.

SWEF is an organisation that depends on volunteers to help the young business people of tomorrow. We'd love to talk if you think you can help.

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