Win a £100 Amazon Voucher with UCL Advances

To our freshers, welcome to UCL, and to those that are returning welcome back! We hope that you will be getting involved in all that UCL has to offer over the next academic year.

Here at UCL Advances (UCL's centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction) we are here to help you on your journey, whether you want to gain the skills to start a business, stand out amongst the crowd when applying for jobs, or just want to explore your options.

We're kicking off the year by giving you the opportunity to win a £100 amazon voucher!

Click here for your opportunity to win a £100 Amazon Voucher

London Entrepreneurs' Challenge


Tuesday 13th Oct to Tuesday 15th December 2015, 6:15pm, UCL

The E-Challenge is a series of workshops and business plan competition designed to introduce participants to fundamental business concept.

Find out more about the London Entrepreneurs' Challenge

The Grad Factor 2015

Deadline: Midnight (00:00) Saturday 31 October 2015

The Grad Factor

The Grad Factor is the UK’s Government-endorsed National televised student business pitch contest, this year proudly in partnership with RBS & NatWest, co-sponsored by Innovify and officially supported by StartUp Britain.

The competition is designed to showcase the very best UK start-up talent and start-up ideas nationwide within Higher Education.

Students can enter for free from 9am on 28 September 2015.

Find our more about The Grad Factor

Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

Deadline: Monthly competition

Shell LiveWIRE

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme aims to support young, innovative entrepreneurs to meet the ever-increasing energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

The award is open to any entrepreneur aged 16-30 who has been trading for less than a year, or is looking to start trading in the next 6 months, and has an idea that addresses the UK's future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in. Pre-start businesses are encouraged to apply, as are university spin-outs, product and urban designers, and other relevant design and engineering graduates with innovative business ideas.

Start-up funding of £5,000 will be awarded to one winner each month. The deadline for applications is the last day of each month and winners of a Smarter Future Award will then be considered for the annual £25,000 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Find out more about the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

Mayor of London's Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2016: register your interest

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What could you do with a £20k seed fund and help and advice from City Hall to get your idea started? The Mayor’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur 2016 competition with a top prize of £20,000, will be officially launched in October with a deadline for student submissions in February.

Organisers want to notify UCL students as early as possible to allow you to include the competition in your plans for the autumn term. 

Your ideas will be judged by an expert panel that picks the top ten finalists. Find out more about the 2015 Expert Judging Panel.

Finalists then must pitch their ideas Dragons Den style to the final judging panel, which picks the winner(s).

Everyone who applies can choose to have a chance of one of up to six paid internships with competition sponsors Siemens. Previous interns have worked in everything from finance to IT and marketing. You can read interviews with previous interns here.

To register your interest visit:

CleanTech Challenge

Clean Tech Challenge

The CleanTech Challenge is an international business plan competition for innovative clean technology product ideas. It brings together business and technical students to create viable start-ups. Teams compete over three rounds for the £10,000 prize, awarded at the two-day Bootcamp finals in London. Entrants are mentored by industry experts from the cleantech, entrepreneurial and related sectors.

Find out more about the CleanTech Challenge

China UK Challenge

China UK Challenge

The China-UK Challenge aims to encourage new business ventures between China and the United Kingdom and is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms.

Find our more about the China UK Challenge