Competitions


Quality Formations Startup Grant

Deadline for entry is 29th January 2016

Quality Formations

The Quality Formations Startup Grant is open to all students studying at an officially recognised or listed UK higher learning or further education institution, and it is specifically designed to supplement each student’s annual income to enable them to spend more time pursuing and developing a new business idea.

  • The contest is open to both domestic and international students of all ages.
  • Quality Formations will award up to 6 winning students with a £1,000 grant in order to use towards developing a new business concept. We’re also offering each contest winner a free company formation package, which will enable them to incorporate their new business through Companies House.
  • To apply, we’re simply asking students to provide proof of enrolment/acceptance at their learning institution, fill out a short application form and submit a 1,000-word essay describing their startup idea (no detailed business plan/projections are required. We just want an outline of what their startup idea is, why they think it will succeed and how they will use the grant funds if successful).
  • The deadline for entry is January 29, 2016. An in-house committee will decide the winners the following week, and successful applicants and their learning institutions will be notified shortly thereafter.

Find out more about the Quality Formations Startup Grant


2016 Rice Business Plan Competition - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline for entry is 19th February 2016

Rice Business Plan Competition

The Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is the world's richest and largest startup competition, awarding nearly $1.5 million in cash, investment and in-kind prizes in 2015.

Hosted by the internationally-recognized, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, forty-two graduate-level startups, from top schools, will compete in front of 300 investor judges, over three days April 14-16, 2016.  Past competitors have gone on to raise more than $2.1 billion in investment funding after competing at Rice.

Find out more about the Rice Business Plan Competition


Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

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

Low Carbon Entrepreneur

The Low Carbon Entrepreneur is a competition run by the Mayor of London and sponsored by Citi Foundation to find fresh new ideas to cut carbon emissions and give students employability skills.

It’s open to current students and recent graduates (2015) from London universities and colleges. To enter, you must be over 18 on 30 March 2016. You can enter as an individual or as a team.

You will have an opportunity to get

  • Paid internships
  • £20,000 start-up funding
  • Employability training
  • And Enhance your CV

Find out more about the Low Carbon Entrepreneur is a competition 


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