Competitions


International Student Innovation Awards 2016

Deadline: 31st July 2016

International Student Innovations Awards 2016

London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional company, is trying to find the city’s most innovative international students.

If you as an individual, or as part of a team are developing, or have developed anything you think showcases talent, submit your work @ www.studentinnovation.london. The winner will receive £10,000 to develop idea further.


What IF! Accelerator

Deadline: 14th July 2016

Innovation Forum

The WHAT IF! programme is organised by the Innovation Forum to identify and accelerate disruptive ideas in the field of Deep Technology.

To develop your business and maximise its global benefit to society, we can provide:

  • Expert Mentorship
  • Prizes worth £30,000+ 
  • Laboratory space
  • Advice from leading professional services companies
  • Extensive networking across the Innovation Forum platform

Find out more about the What IF! Accelerator


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


CleanTech Challenge

Clean Tech Challenge

The CleanTech Challenge is a three-phase business plan competition hosted by University College London and London Business School, aimed at students from anywhere in the world.

In the first round we invite submissions from anyone, regardless of their team-status, in the form of a 200-word proposal, outlining their business idea. This idea must be novel, feasible and have the potential to make a significant environmental impact.

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