Got an idea? YuStart it!

YuStart is the University of York’s very own crowdfunding and fundraising platform. It allows students and members of the University to develop their interests and to pursue creative and entrepreneurial crowdfunding projects. It also allows members of the University and the wider public community to fundraise for a charitable fund at the University of York. These great projects make a difference to the lives of their fellow students, the University and the wider community.

Through YuStart we’ve shifted the power into your hands. Whether you’re a student, a team, a member of staff or a friend of the university, YuStart can help you change the world one donation at a time.

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What kinds of crowfunding projects are suitable for YuStart?

Crowdfunding projects can be about almost anything. They should focus on the benefit they will provide to students, the University or the wider community. There are a few rules – check our guidelines here to make sure your project is suitable

Crowdfunding can be fast, efficient and effective when done right but project success depends on you. The more dedicated, creative and organised you and your team are, the more successful your project is likely to be, and the more fun you will have!

What kinds of fundraising projects are suitable for YuStart?

Fundraising projects must be in support of a charitable fund or initiative here at the University of York, YuStart is unable to support fundraising for other charities. This type of project can take almost any shape, whether that be a challenge event such as a marathon or bike ride, celebrating an occasion such as a birthday by asking friends to donate or by paying tribute to a loved one by collecting donations for a cause they cared about. You really can do your own thing, whether that’s giving up chocolate or alcohol, shaving your head, or doing something you’d never dreamed of doing before. Check out our Fundraising Guide for ideas!

Still not sure if YuStart is right for you? Contact the YuStart team here!

Other funding sources

If you have an idea for a commercial enterprise, then we recommend you engage with the University's Enterprise team, which includes access to Proof of Concept funding.

If your idea will benefit groups or communities outside of the University then you may wish to refer to the Careers team, for access to the University Community Fund and further guidance on effective working in this field.