Competitions


The Chunhui Cup 

Deadline: 31 July 2015

The Chunhui Cup Pioneering Competition started in 2006. It is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology and CSCSE is the organiser. The Competition aims to boost entrepreneurship amongst overseas Chinese students and pave the road for them to establish high-tech enterprises back in China.

By bringing the Chunhui Cup Pioneering Competition to the UK, we hope to give UK universities an additional platform for their graduates to develop their innovative ideas across the UK and China. This project will also help build greater connectivity between UK universities, Chinese student entrepreneurs and institutions in China that are engaged in the innovation agenda, including universities, incubators, science parks or VCs.

Find out more about The Chunhui Cup


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


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

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