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UCL shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award

UCL has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year Award.

The Award, which is sponsored by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship Education, seeks to recognise an institution which has developed an unparalleled environment for fostering enterprise throughout its staff and students and delivered significant impact in its local community, across the UK and overseas.

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Two UCL teams make the UK final of the China-UK Entrepreneurship Challenge

1 July 2013

China UK Challenge

Two teams from UCL have made it to the UK final of this year’s China-UK Entrepreneurship Challenge, taking place this year on the 9th July at the Bank of China.

The teams – Biobean, which aims to recycle used coffee beans into biofuels and Sellplex, which enables users to list items they have for sale across multiple platforms like eBay and Amazon rather than separately – were selected during a day of pitches to a panel of judges at Lancaster University Business School. The two teams make up two of the four who have been selected for the international final.

The Challenge – run by UCL and a consortium of academic and trade body partners – aims to encourage new business links between the UK and China and is intended to provide participants with the resources to facilitate investment from venture capitalists and other potential investors.

In the international final the teams will be competing for a £12,000 cash prize as well as a potential offer of free workspace for a year courtesy of the University of East London, as well as an investment opportunity of up to £250,000 for the best business plan.

The two UCL teams have already been closely supported by the university’s centre for entrepreneurship, UCL Advances, and were Bright Idea Award winners at this year’s UCL Awards for Enterprise, having been awarded start-up funding to get their business proposals off the ground.

“That teams from UCL are making up half the finalists in the Challenge is testament to the strength of both the business ideas coming out of our institution and the steps we’ve taken to support their growth,” said Gups Jagpal, Deputy Director of UCL Advances. “Both are worthy contenders for the final and have the potential to be strong, high-growth businesses, so this is an excellent achievement.”