Competitions

Global Venture Labs Investment Competition

May 7-9, 2015 | AT&T Conference Center | Austin, TX

The Global Venture Labs Investment Competition, the Super Bowl of Investment Competitions, is the premier world-wide investment competition. Forty teams from around the world will gather in Austin, Texas from May 7-9, 2015 to compete for the title of Global Champion, which includes $75,000 in cash and prizes and the right to close the NASDAQ in Times Square.

In addition to the Global Champion, over half of the participating teams will take home cash prizes totaling an additional $50,000. The 2015 competition also features an expanded Wells Fargo Clean Energy Challenge, with the winner taking home a $20,000 cash.

For 2015, there are two ways for University College London students to participate: Affiliated Competitions and Open Berth.

Any team that wins an Affiliated Competition receives an automatic berth in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition.

Find out more about Affiliated Competitions

To participate via the Open Berth process, teams must submit an application by February 27, 2015. The Open Berth process is open to schools from around the world, including those that are applying to or already participating in an Affiliated Competition.

Open Berth applications must first be approved by a UCL Advances’ business advisor. Contact sba@ucl.ac.uk

Find out more about the Open Berth system


2015 Rice Business Plan Competition

Deadline: 27 February 2015 at Noon (CST)

Rice Business Competition Plan

World’s Largest and Richest Student Startup Competition! Apply today to win more than $1 million at the 2015 RBPC – Open to All Graduate Students at any University; 42 universities from around the world will pitch their startups to over 275 investors & other judges at Rice University.

Find out more about the 2015 Rice Business Plan Competition


Camden Business Awards 2015

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Deadline: 2 March 2015

Camden Business Awards

This award is open to all Camden based business owners aged 30 years or younger who have launched their business in the last three years and can demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:

  • Exceptional business acumen
  • Innovation in terms of products or ways of working
  • Consistent business growth

Find out more about the Young Entrepreneur of the Year


Emerging Technologies Competition 2015

Deadline: 16 March 2015

The Emerging Technologies Competition helps turn promising ideas into commercial reality.

Are you working on cutting-edge chemistry-based technology in healthcare, energy & sustainability or materials science? Join our annual innovation competition for an opportunity to showcase your idea and receive support from our industry experts.

We welcome ideas at any stage of development and from all across Europe. There is no cost to participate in the competition, and you will retain full control and ownership of your idea.

Find out more about the Emerging Technologies Competition 2015


UK Varsity Startup Challenge

Deadline: May 2015

UK Varsity Startup Challenge

The UK Varsity Startup Challenge is a programme designed to help support and promote startups and innovation in universities across the UK.

The UVSC programme lasts 8 months and includes online marketing & educational events, a selection process where we aim to review hundreds of startups, and a Pop Up Lab during the summer through which we select a 2015 winner. 

Find out more about the UK Varsity Startup Challenge


IE Venture Day London

IE Venture Day

IE Business School invites all budding entrepreneurs to submit their ideas to pitch at the IE Venture Day in association with the UKTI in London on June 5th 2014 at Wayra Academy.

It’s an amazing opportunity to present your start-up and network with the “who's who” of investors, mentors and successful entrepreneurs. To add to that a chance to win great prizes to take your business idea to the next level!

Find out more about IE Venture Day London


Compete in the 15th Annual Global Social Venture Competition to Accelerate Your Idea

Global Social Venture Competition

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. In 2013, GSVC received 650 entries from nearly 40 countries.

Find out more about the Global Social Venture Competition


CGI U 2014 Campus Representative Application

UCL has joined the ranks of leading international universities who are part of the Clinton Global Initiative University.

Clinton Global Initiative

The initiative – which builds on the model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to tackle global challenges – was launched in 2007 to nurture and support the next generation of leaders who are part of universities around the world.

As part of the initiative, UCL Advances – the university’s centre for entrepreneurship – is seeking students to apply to become CGI U Campus representatives, with the two chosen having the opportunity to travel to the CGI annual meeting, which this year is being held in Arizona State University in Phoenix.

Find out more about being a CGI U campus representative


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


Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards

Deadline: monthly - you've got until midnight on the last day of each month to enter the awards

Shell LiveWIRE

Prizes are awarded to the most innovative ideas submitted by new UK-based businesses (in their first 12 months of trading). You must be aged 16-30.

Find out more about the Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards


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

chinauk

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