Sustainable Start-up Award

SSA PNE Enterprise
If you’re 18 to 30, live in the North East, and have a business idea with a positive social or environmental impact, then our £1,000 Sustainable Start-up Award could be for you!

The Sustainable Start-up Award is a discretionary grant awarded to North East residents whose businesses positively demonstrate their commitment to supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its mission of ending poverty, inequality, and climate change via innovative thinking, emerging technologies, and ethical business models.

The discretionary grants can be for businesses making a positive social or environmental impact, or to cover costs that enable the business to be more sustainable (for example purchasing recycled materials, or energy-efficient tools or equipment).

Who can apply?

To apply, you must:

  • Be aged between 18-30 and reside in the North East of England
  • Have a business idea that supports at least one of the SDGs
  • Have less than £15,000 in total personal assets
  • Demonstrate a need for financial support
  • Be pre-start or have been trading for less than twelve months

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Once we receive your application, a member of the PNE Enterprise team will review it against our eligibility criteria. We will then contact successful applicants via email and inform them of the next stage in the process.

We are currently accepting applications for the Sustainable Start-up Award. If you require support with your application, please contact a member of the PNE Enterprise team on 0191 230 6410 or

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