Competitions


Green Alley Award 2015 

Deadline: 15 September 2015

Green Alley

The Green Alley Award is Europe's only award for entrepreneurs and start-ups working in the circular economy. Green entrepreneurs with sustainable economy ideas and new ways of looking at waste as a resource can apply for the award at www.green-alley-award.com until the 15th of September 2015.

The most convincing candidates will be invited to the final in Berlin (4th November 2015) and will present their business ideas in a live pitch to an international audience. An expert jury will then select the winner of the Green Alley Award 2015, who will be rewarded with a package of benefits and services worth up to 15,000 pounds.

The prize package includes:

  • A cash prize of 7,000 euros
  • Individual workshops with green economy experts and mentors from the start-up scene
  • 6 months rent-free workspace in Berlin, including basic infrastructure
  • Access to an international network of experts and other start-ups in the field of waste, recycling and the environment
  • The opportunity to obtain funding from investment or crowdfunding

Find out more about the Green Alley Award 2015


Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

Deadline: 5pm on 18 September 2015

Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK

This unique and prestigious award is sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the renowned entrepreneur best known for founding EasyJet. It recognises the achievements of disabled entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges to set up their own company and excel in their chosen business field. The winner receives £50,000 to expand their business.

To be in with a chance of winning the £50,000 prize, you must meet the following criteria:

  • you have a recognised disability or long term health condition
  • you have at least 25% management stake in your company
  • your business has a turnover in excess of £10,000
  • you have a UK registered business
  • your business has been trading for between two and five years

Find out more about the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK


Health Social Innovators' Programme

Deadline: 12pm on 25 September 2015

Health Social Innovators

We are looking for exciting early-stage ventures, predominantly tech-enabled enterprises that can create positive change in healthcare and be financially sustainable.

These ventures will typically be at the prototype stage of development and able to make significant advances in their business model in a 12 week accelerator programme. The social and economic impact of the venture should focus primarily in England.

Through a three-month customised process, we will provide selected ventures with:

  • A network of over 60 outstanding mentors
  • Seed investment
  • Tailored advice to their organisation's needs
  • Events to pitch their business to potential customers and social investors

Find out more about the Health Social Innovators' Programme


Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

Deadline: 31 August 2015

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: www.london.gov.uk/brightidea


London Entrepreneurs' Challenge

E-Challenge

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


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