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Deadline: 17 April 2014

JLAB is an incubator programme developed by John Lewis and Marks and Spencer. JLAB is offering all entrants the chance to compete for:

  • £100,000 in funding
  • The chance to work directly with John Lewis leadership and to learn about technology in retail
  • A chance to supply John Lewis with its product

Find out more about JLAB

Balloon Kenya

Deadline: 18 April 2014, 5.00pm

Balloon Kenya

UCL Advances is sponsoring 10 students to go to Kenya this summer for 6 weeks with Balloon Kenya to learn about enterprise, work with and help train Kenyan counterparts to start businesses, and to help them pitch for investment. You will gain training on enterprise and innovation on an international scale and help tackle poverty and create change in Kenya.

Find out more about Balloon Kenya

Global Venture Labs Investment Competition (GVLIC) 2014

May 1-3, 2014

GVLIC is open to graduate students (not just MBAs) seeking to pitch their new venture to angels, venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs in a real-world environment.

Forty teams from around the world will gather in Austin, Texas from May 1-3, 2014 to compete for the title of Global Champion along with the accompanying $75,000 in cash and prizes. The Global Champion also earns the right to close the NASDAQ and be recognized as a celebrity in Times Square. The Global Champion is not the only one to take home a cash prize as there is an additional $50,000 in cash prizes, and over half of the participating teams will take home cash.

Teams can compete at Global VLIC by winning an affiliated competition or applying through the open berth.

Find out more about the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition

Founder.org $100,000 Business Plan Competition

Deadline: 10 May 2014, Midnight Pacific Time


UCL Advances, in conjunction with Founder.org - a US entrepreneurial foundation set up by serial entrepreneur Michael Baum - will be launching a global student business competition with a staggering prize fund of $1 million being divided among ten lucky winners. Ten student businesses from around the globe will receive cash prizes of $100,000 each and whilst the top 50 business ideas will be admitted into the Founder.org University where they will receive expert advice and guidance to help get their business ideas off the ground.

If you have any questions, please email our team of Student Business Advisors at sba@ucl.ac.uk

Find out more about the FOUNDER.org 2014 $100K



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.


Find out more about the EIT ICT Labs IDEA CHALLENGE

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