Henley Greenshoots Seed Finance Award Scheme

Henley Greenshoots Seed Finance Award Scheme


The Henley Greenshoots Seed Finance Award Scheme is an initiative led by HCfE with the aim to nurture and feed the green shoots of start-ups founded by students and recent graduates of the University of Reading or Henley Business School, offering £1,000 cash prizes for start-ups that show the potential to grow and become sustainable businesses.

Greenshoots is targeted at businesses recently launched by students and graduates of the University of Reading including the Henley Business School and in particular those businesses occupying the Henley Start-Up Business Incubator at the Thames Valley Science Park, those occupying the Entrepreneurship Hub and those who will have participated in IDEAFEST and the Summer Start-Up Boot Camp that have gone on to start a business.

The businesses will have been incorporated at/after 1 August 2016 and meet the eligibility criteria as more specifically described below.

Entries will comprise of a short form business plan of no more than 2,000 words submitted on an entry form.

Entries that meet the judging criteria will be invited for interview at which each founder will have 10 minutes to present their business to the panel. The interviews will be carried out by a panel from Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, chaired by Jurek Sikorski.

Full details, including the judging criteria, can be found here. The 2019 Greenshoot awards have already been issued, but please check back in early 2020 for details about the dates for the 2020 Henley Greenshoots Seed Finance Award Scheme.


The 2019 Greenshoots funding was granted to five businesses formed by current or recently graduated University of Reading students. The winners are as follows:

  • Omar Hamoudah, Founder of StrykePay, a mobile money account which enables cashless payments
  • Rhian Burrell, Co-Founder of Osokey, a cloud-based data management solutions provider for the energy industry
  • Sung Kim and Antonia Ajisebutu, CEO and CMO of QOOQn, an online marketplace for home-made meal sharing and catering services
  • Charlie Reeve, Founder of Reeves of Henley, a premium country lifestyle brand supplier bringing signature clothing collections inspired from the British countryside
  • Julia Kala, Founder of Bright Future, a social enterprise that empowers families with children living in poverty by helping the children reach their full potential and perform to the best of their abilities

To read the full story, take a look at our news release on the Greenshoots 2019 award ceremony here.

Greenshoots is sponsored and supported by Santander.