PPI Claims. Many have claimed back tens of thousands of pounds, which they have used as cash to fund a new business. Some of the top pay-outs are up to £60,000, which can be a massive boost for your business funds. With a no win, no fee policy, this can be a less risky way to get those funds you need. Get on TV: Another unique way to fund your business is through taking part in business-based TV shows. People love to watch new businesses and the challenges and successes that are in store for them. There are a number of programmes like this and applying online is simple if you have a cohesive business plan. One famous example is applying to be on Dragons Den where you can pitch your business idea to successful businesspeople in exchange for a percentage of the business. Not only does this bring the prospect of significant investment – but you also get your business name, concept and product in front of a huge global audience who watch the show every week. Enter Competitions: You don’t have to be on TV to win money to start your business, there several real-world competitions and events with large cash prizes for new entrepreneurs and businesses. There is a whole range of business competitions and events, with different categories and specifications. Initiatives like The Bigger Pitcher, Richard Branson’s ‘Voom’ contest and the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards can offer new entrepreneurs’ money, mentoring and business support. Getting up on stage and pitching your business to a crowd might seem terrifying, but the more people hear about your business, the greater the chance you will succeed.