If you would like to apply to The British Design Fund then please complete our online application form below.

The British Design Fund 5 is currently open to new applications and we are seeking to invest between £150,000 and £200,000 into eligible businesses that meet our criteria.


Before contacting us please take a moment to read the below criteria which highlights some of the key points we are looking for in the businesses we work with:

  • A defined pragmatic business plan with sales, profit and loss, and cash flow forecasts.
  • A well designed product that solves a clearly defined problem.
  • A working prototype and indication of interest from key target client(s).
  • Defensible IP.
  • Revenue flow or a qualified sales pipeline.
  • Winning chemistry within the founding team.
  • Deep understanding of the relevant marketplace and a clear competitive difference.
  • The company must be SEIS or EIS eligible.


All businesses must complete the online application form below. Your application will then be reviewed by the investment committee and if successful you will be invited in to pitch. At the pitch day we will want to learn about your business plans, the compelling reason for your product to exist, what traction you have had so far, and review your prototype or final product. Following this is our final selection stage which involves a review of your commercials.

All businesses will need to complete a one-page application form. BDF Advisors Ltd will respond within 14 days. If you have been successful then you will be invited to a pitch day to present your product and business plans.

Please complete form below to submit your application.

For an application to be considered you must have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions.

This application form will take 10 minutes to complete and you should have the following information ready before you begin:

  • Your forecasted 3 years sales, gross margin and net profit figures.
  • Details of any patents you have filed or intend to file.
  • Photographs of your prototype.
  • What you will use the funding for.

Be sure to fill out all REQUIRED fields or the application will not be sent.