UCL Advances Summer Entrepreneurathon 2014

** Entry for all the events that were part of the Summer Programme 2014 have now closed. Find out more about the Summer Programme 2015 **

Sporting success takes focus, effort and perseverance, but it pays off when you reach your goal. Entrepreneurs need just the same skillset. Ambition and hard work can get you where you need to be.

This summer’s Entrepreneurathon gives students the chance to test their mettle over a 8-week period. From learning business basics to starting and growing your own company, the Entrepreneurathon will help you develop the skills you need to reach your target.

Any long-distance effort will put you through your paces. Marathon runners know this well. And it’s something the best entrepreneurs know too. Ups and downs are part of any business journey – but can you stay the course?

Get ready for the UCL Advances Summer Entrepreneurathon!

When & Where?

Dates: 16th June – 6th August
Venue: UCL Campus

Who can Attend?

  • UCL Students
  • UCL Alumni*
  • UCL Staff

*who are within 12 months of graduation

Previous Bright Ideas Award Winners are welcome to participate in the Entrepreneurathon or any of the Summer Programme activities, however they are not eligible to pitch for any further award or business investment.

How to Register?

Registration is now closed.

The Programme: 16th June - 6th August



Time & Location

Enterprise Boot Camp (3-days) 16 - 18 June 9am - 5pm
Kick-off & Workshop

19 June 9am - 5pm
Bedford Way G03
Business Ideas & BBQ 20 June 9am - 6pm
Bedford Way LG04 & BBQ - Outside Henry Morley 
Drop-in Advice Session 23 June 12pm - 5pm
Gordon House Meeting Room
Value Proposition & Competitor Analysis 24 June 2pm - 5pm
Bedford Way G03
Business Branding 26 June 
2pm - 5pm
Medawar G01 Lankester LT
How are people going to buy your product /service 1 July 12pm - 5pm
Bentham B01
Board Meeting 3 July 12pm - 5pm
Charles Bell G03 & G18

Business Model & Pricing 


8 July

12pm - 5pm
Torrington (1-19) 115 Galton LT

Gordon Square

Pitching Day
11 July 
9am - 1pm
Chandler 118
NO WORKSHOPS: Students ‘Testing & Validating’ business ideas    
Business Plan & How to Grow Your Business
22 July
12pm - 5pm
Bedford Way LG04
Drop-in Advice Session 24 July
12pm - 5pm
Gordon House
The Perfect Pitch - The Content
28 July
9am - 12.30pm (Group A)
1.30pm - 5pm   (Group B)
Central House G01
The Perfect Pitch - The Delivery
29 July
9am - 12.30pm (Group A)
1.30pm - 5pm   (Group B)
Bedford Way LG04
Drop-in Advice Session 31 July
12pm - 5pm
Gordon House
Business Plans Deadline
1 August
Presentation Slides Deadline
5 August
Final Pitches & BBQ
6 August

Pitches 9am - 6pm
Darwin B40 LT

BBQ 6pm
Woburn Square Gardens

The Entrepreneurtahon is part of the Competition stream of the Open Innovation project. Since the Open Innovation Project started in 2010 it has stimulated the application of collaborative open innovation models to co-create and develop new products and services. It has done this through the collaborative effort of partnership of local governments, universities, business support services, and other public bodies is delivering a diverse and dynamic programme of activities across the UK, France, Germany, Ireland and Belgium.  

INTERREG IVBOpen Innovation

The project is funded by the European Union Interreg IVB NWE Programme.  This programme provides partial funding for transnational projects in the  North West European Co-operation Zone over the period 2007-2014.