Competitions programme

Deadline: 15 May 2015

Annually 50 student teams are selected to join the programme where we work side-by-side with you to build a great company. Did we mention each team receives up to $100K in funding to get started? The one-year programme combines funding, cutting edge education, your own executive mentor and an international network like no other.

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China UK Challenge

Deadline: Monday 18 May 17:00

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.

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Have you got The F Factor? Brilliant Tech Ideas Wanted!

Deadline: 24 May 2015

Have you got a brilliant idea for an app, a game, or a technology business? 

Founders Forum are offering 10 young British entrepreneurs the chance to win £10,000 – no strings attached – sponsored by Talktalk.

In June 2015 some of the world's most influential technology entrepreneurs will be gathering in London. To celebrate ten years of Founders Forum, The F Factor is your chance pitch them YOUR idea.

You don't need a business plan or have any relevant experience. You might be still at school or university. All you need is the start of a great idea and loads of enthusiasm to persuade the Founders Forum to invest in you and your new business.

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Biotech YES

Deadline: 29 May 2015

Biotech YES

The Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Biotechnology YES) is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among early career researchers. The competition, funded by sponsorship, aims to encourage an entrepreneurial culture for the benefit of the UK economy.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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