The Tyk Side Project Fund

Should your side project be your main project?

Do you have an exciting and innovative side project?

If so, you have a shot at winning funding through the Tyk Side Project Fund. Simply tell us about your side project and why it needs to morph into your main project.

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Tyk began as a side project.

Our CEO Martin couldn’t find the highly performant API gateway he needed, so he built one. It’s been hugely successful, so now we’re paying that forward.

Get funding for your side project essentials

Side projects tend to run on a shoestring, but there comes a point when you need to scale if your project is ever going to become something more. We can help with that.

Become part of a supportive community

Tyk understands the value of community support. We wouldn’t be where we are today without it. As well as providing funding, we’ll welcome you into the Tyk community with open arms.

Enjoy a major boost to your motivation

Working on a side project can be lonely, which means it’s easy to lose momentum. With our enthusiasm behind your project, we’re confident you’ll enjoy a major motivational boost.

What’s involved?

The Tyk Side Project Fund is a micro-grant programme for people doing cool things.

It could be a product, a service, a platform, an event… as long as it fits our application criteria, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re not handing out cash (sorry) but, when we get an application that impresses us, we’ll pay for something that’s needed to move a project forward. It could be training, software, hosting, a venue – anything that is going to make a tangible impact.

We award a maximum value of £500 per project, so that we can help as many people as possible take their side projects to the next level.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for side projects that have been created out of sheer passion – with a splash of bloody-mindedness and determination.

But most importantly, we want to support side projects that seek to make a positive impact on the world through connection, openness and transparency – whether that’s with people, data, services or something else.

Your project may revolve around APIs and API Management (that’s kind of our thing) but it certainly doesn’t have to. We’re keen to hear from the broader engineer, microservices and tech community too. You might be developing a platform, connecting systems in a new way, using open data to do something cool or even running an event or hackathon.

If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you.

Tell us about your side project

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What do you have to lose?

It takes under ten minutes to complete our application form.

Are you up and running already with just one puzzle piece missing? Or maybe you’re stuck on your journey and need a bit of help to move forward. Either way, spending ten minutes filling out an application could provide you with the practical help, financial support and sprinkling of Tyk guidance that makes all the difference.

The Tyk Side Project Fund is open to applicants with interesting ideas, ambition and the imagination to see how their side project can grow.

Excited to get your side project going? Applying is super-simple. All you have to do is answer the questions in the form below. Start now and you could be done in ten minutes.

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Why was the Tyk Side Project Fund created?

Six years ago, Tyk was just the pipe dream of a frustrated engineer (now our CEO, Martin). All he wanted was a performant, cheap, open source API gateway, but he couldn’t find what he was looking for. So he went ahead and started to build his own.

It’s how a lot of companies start. You can’t find the thing you want or need so you make it yourself. But pushing a side project forward comes with challenges. It can be lonely; it can be hard to get feedback; and, more often than not, it can be hard to afford the essentials that you need to make a good idea a reality.

We believe in the restless energy of engineers and techies – we think it’ll produce cool products, improvements to existing ones, useful plug-ins and hacks… and putting open data to good use, this kind of energy might even change the world.

We rely on our amazing community to make Tyk better for everyone. This got us thinking. Maybe we should put our money where our mouth is, and give a hand to people who share our attitude. We asked around, and everyone at Tyk agreed. And so, from our initial side project, a fund to help other side projects flourish was born.
We think that feels right.

It’s time to grow your side project

If you don’t try, you’ll never know.

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How will applications be assessed?

All grants will be made at Tyk’s sole discretion and based on an evaluation of how intelligent, innovative and impactful the project is, the applicant’s credibility and how far a micro-grant will make a difference.

How do I receive the funding?

We’re not giving away cash money. If you are successful, we will make a payment directly to a product or service provider that you have specified – or an alternative that we suggest – that you need for your side project to grow.

When can I expect to hear back?

We make decisions about our February – March application window at the end of April, and about our October-November window in December. Whether you are successful or unsuccessful, you will be notified either way by email. We will provide personal feedback where possible.

What kind of need will you fund?

For successful applicants, we will fund products or services that contribute to the success of a side project that you can’t fund yourself. This might be a website, hosting, software, training, or something else. We will discuss plans with the winner directly and make payment directly towards a product/service.

Who is eligible to apply for a Tyk micro-grant?

The micro-grant side project funding is open to anyone aged 18 years or over except employees of Tyk Technologies Ltd and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the funding.

Will Tyk share the details of my project?

If you are awarded a micro-grant, we’ll share your project with our tech community and various tech publications and media, on our website and social channels.

How will Tyk inform successful applicants?

Each application will be assessed by a selection panel made up of Tyk’s finest. All applications are judged based on what side project shows great potential and where we can offer the best help. Applications will be filtered for legitimacy, credibility and legality before final selections are made. In any given application window, there might be no successful applicants. Tyk reserves the right to decline funding for any reason. No correspondence will be entered into.

What’s the catch?

There isn’t one. To be clear, we do not ask for intellectual property, equity, cash – any ‘ROI’ whatsoever. This is your side project, after all.

We would, however, love to share the stories of the funded projects via website, social media and press channels.

Our funding round is now closed.

Please complete the short form and we will invite you to apply when the next funding round is open.

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