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 20, 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 be submitted to

Find out more about the Open Berth system

Big Venture Challenge 

Deadline: 9am February 3rd 2015

Big Venture Challenge

Big Venture Challenge supports ambitious social entrepreneurs with access to finance, business support and powerful connections to help them scale their ventures.

Big Venture Challenge is an intensive 12 month programme that is designed to help you raise external investment (debt or equity) of between £50,000 and £500,000. This means working with you to build a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting you as an entrepreneur during the journey.

Find out more about the Big Venture Challenge

Last Mile labs

Deadline: 14th February 2015

Last Mile labs

Last Mile Labs would be of interest to entrepreneurs interested in developing solutions for the parcel delivery business. The package of support includes a £12,500 (equity-based) initial investment, office space, mentoring and access to DPD.

Find out more about Last Mile labs

Mayor of London's Low Carbon Entrepreneur

Deadline: 16th February 2015

Mayor of London's Low Carbon Entrepreneur

The Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize is now open! If you're a London student or recent graduate with an idea to reduce London's energy use and carbon emissions we want to hear from you. We're looking for your ideas to make your London a smarter, cleaner, better place to live and work. Enter your bright idea now to win £20k or a paid internship.

Find out how you can become a low carbon entrepreneur

Cleantech Innovate Showcase 2015

Deadline: 6th October for London and 23rd 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

Camden Business Awards 2015

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Deadline: 2nd 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

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


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


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