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2014 London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge Awards
Now in its 12th year, ‘The London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge (E-Challenge) is a workshop programme and business plan competition that aims to show participants the process of starting a business by helping them do it for themselves.
The E-Challenge is open to all members of UCL, SOAS, Royal Veterinary College, Birkbeck, the School of Pharmacy, and the London Business School.
Since its inception, the competition has seen some 3000 participants. The primary aim of the E-Challenge has always been to educate and offer a chance to learn in a supportive environment however the programme has generated real new businesses every year, led by the winners.
Past winners have gone on to success in other business competitions and have been written about in The Times and featured on TV and radio.
A list of student ventures that have been supported by UCL Advances and the London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge can be found on the Student Business Directory.
The competition is formed through a programme of events designed to enhance UCL’s reputation for entrepreneurship and science commercialisation and build deeper relationships between UCL and London Business School, Royal Veterinary College, SOAS and Birbeck. As such, anyone at these four institutions can enter.
Prizes total £15,000 with participants also being awarded the knowledge put forth through the various workshops, as well as the invaluable networking opportunities afforded through the programme.
- View the full details on the 2013/14 London E-challenge programme
- Watch the 2013 London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge winner’s videos
The E-challenge is organised by UCL Advances, UCL's centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction, helps anyone who wants to learn about, start or grow a business. It’s primary role is to promote a culture of entrepreneurship on campus and engagement with entrepreneurs and small businesses beyond UCL’s boundaries. It works to support start-ups and small businesses across London by helping them to access the technical and business expertise of UCL’s staff and students through a series of programmes to help support ambitious young companies.