Competitions


EIE International Start-Up Programme

Deadline: 31 July 2014

EIE International Start-Up Programme

The EIE International Start-Up Programme offers entrepreneurs physical, formative, and experiential support in order to begin and launch their company.

  • Launch Phase - 3 months, up to 30,000€ financing (loans), coworking, mentoring, training
  • Boost Phase - 8 months, up to 500,000€ financing (loans) , coworking, mentoring, training
  • Orbit Phase - continual support following the Start-Up Programme if the entrepreneur is successful and wants to continue with help from the EIE.

Enterprise Fellowships 

Deadline: 1 September 2014

Royal Academy of Engineering

Enterprise Fellowships provide funding and support to outstanding entrepreneurial engineering researchers, working at a UK University, to enable them to develop a spin-out business around their technological idea.

Enterprise Fellows receive up to £85,000 in seed funding and salary support and benefit from having a year to take time out from their research to focus completely on spinning out a business.

Find out more about Enterprise Fellowships


Cleantech Innovate Showcase 2015

Deadline: 6 October for London and 23 February for Scotland

Cleantech Innovate, which is run by ecoConnect, celebrates all that is great about green industry innovation in the UK in a unique one-day format. See the 2014 video here.

Now in its third year, the 2015 programme has expanded to include London (12 February) and Glasgow (4 June).

36 companies will present live in London and 25 in Glasgow. Presentations will once again be in industry sectors with accompanying Q&A.

There will be ample opportunity for networking at the lunch and evening reception.

€20,000 Cash Prizes will be Awarded to 1 Finalist at Both London & Scotland Showcases!

Find out more about the Cleantech Innovate Showcase 2015


Energia de Portugal

Deadline: 26 August for Brazil, 2 September for China, 9 September for Portugal

Energia de Portugal

Energia de Portugal is the biggest accelerator program in Portugal, organized by Fábrica de Startups in partnership with Impresa Group, the largest media group in Portugal. It is focused on tech based startups in initial development stages.

For the startups accepted in the program, flight and accommodation expenses will be offered. Applications are open for startups from China, Brasil and Portugal.

Find out more about Energia de Portuga


PolyU innovation and entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge

Deadline 1 December 2014

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The challenge is organised by PolyU in Hong Kong.  It is a business plan competition for creative talents to showcase their business flair and is a unique platform for international academic, cultural and professional exchanges. If you are a full-time university undergraduate it is a unique opportunity to turn your ideas into innovative products or services, explore your innovative and entrepreneurial potential, obtain exposure to the real business world and expand your professional and social network.

Find out more about the PolyU innovation and entrepreneurship Global Student 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


EIT ICT Labs IDEA CHALLENGE

EIT ICT Labs IDEA CHALLENGE

This is an EU-led, pan-European competition. It is organised into 8 streams according to industry focus. Each stream offers three top prizes of €40K, €25K and €15K which are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. In addition to the prize money, there are other benefits such as mentoring and office space included.

Different cities will host the finals with each city hosting a particular stream, the first (for the Health & Wellbeing stream) being hosted in Eindhoven in May. London will be hosting the ‘Urban Life & Mobility Stream’ in November. The London event is being coordinated by Imperial College and UCL.


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

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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