Imperial College London

WE Innovate is Imperial’s flagship female entrepreneurship education programme designed to support the next generation of women entrepreneurs to accelerate their startups. The six-month programme supports female students, developing an early stage business idea, to advance their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. One of our key goals of this competition is to increase the number of female engineers setting up their own ventures and the WE Innovate team works closely with the Faculty of Engi...

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CREATE, the University of Highlands and Islands’ (UHI) Centre for Enterprise and Innovation

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Business Competition is a well-established and high-profile competition open to all students across 13 UHI sites. The competition reaches out through a broad regional marketing campaign to approximately 40,000 FE, HE and Postgraduate students and researchers based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, with a strong focus on supporting students both at the application, shortlisting and post-competition stage. Although open to the wider commu...

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University of York

York University’s Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship course provides broad coverage of what’s involved in the exploitation of technologies through innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a practical introduction to the creation and development of enterprises that generate and sustain value from ideas, inventions and opportunities. The broad aims of the course are to (a) develop awareness of, and interests in, business innovation and entrepreneurship, (b) introduce participants to the factors...

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Lancaster University

Second Year Engineering Module - ENGR205 Business Development Project: The module covers a range of material in student entrepreneurship, innovation, idea information including generation, business planning, marketing, presenting and pitching, using tools such as the Business Model Canvas, and various external and industrial speakers to supplement and reinforce the taught theory. In groups, students work on weekly tasks and feedback to the full class each week. The assessment panel (for Busi...

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University of Dundee

Venture is an annual business idea competition for University of Dundee students, staff and recent graduates, with eight categories. With the award of an Engineers in Business prize fund, Venture included a dedicated prize for the most innovative idea from Science and Engineering students.

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Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast’s Dragons’ Den, competition is one of many initiatives organised by Enterprise SU, the entrepreneurial arm of Queen’s Students’ Union which helps students develop enterprise skills and start their own businesses. Dragons' Den competitors learn a wealth of business skills including pitching, marketing, finance and legal issues.

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University of Edinburgh

The Business Ideas Competition is open to current students and recent graduates (two years) from the University of Edinburgh. It allows students to present innovative ideas even if they an early-stage business or social enterprise. The competition provides a fantastic opportunity to find out if the ideas proposed are commercially viable and to learn how to turn the business ideas into reality. The award of a £3,000 Engineers in Business prize fund enabled the LAUNCH.ed Team at Edinburgh Innova...

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Kingston University

Engineers in Business Fellowship has supported Kingston University’s Bright Ideas entrepreneurial competition for two years. Bright Ideas gives students from any discipline the opportunity to develop an idea, have it evaluated and win a prize. This year more engineers than ever participated in Bright Ideas, a 26% increase over last year’s competition. For the first time, engineers from all three undergraduate programmes - Aerospace, Mechanical, and Civil - participated. In addition, the MSc E...

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Anglia Ruskin University

The Big Pitch is a business idea competition exclusively for undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin University, from any faculty or campus. Anglia Ruskin aims to find passionate entrepreneurs with exciting, imaginative business ideas and give them the chance to pitch for prize money and support that they need to take their ideas forward. Anglia Ruskin Enterprise Academy provides business mentoring and support as the competition progresses.

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University of Sussex

The Global Design Challenge is a module for all first-year students studying Engineering, Informatics, and Product Design at the School of Engineering and Informatics, and students from the International Study Centre. Some 450 students worked in interdisciplinary teams of five members to tackle real-world sustainable development problems. Each team developed a creative design solution based on design areas suggested by Engineers Without Borders UK. This year’s design challenge focused on th...

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The University of Sheffield

Engineering You’re Hired is an intensive one-week activity that is compulsory for all 2nd years within the Faculty of Engineering. Students choose their problem and are then placed in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams to work on a conceptual design and a plan for a project to take the design to the “proof of concept stage”. The competition gives engineers the skills, and evidence of those skills, that will make them a highly employable engineer. It gives students experience of working...

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University of Bristol

The University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition (NEC) is a business start-up competition which allows students, staff and alumni to pitch for a share of over £40,000, including legal support and business acceleration services, to accelerate their vision for a commercial or social enterprise.

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University of Exeter

Elevate is a ground-breaking entrepreneurial competition supporting students to develop innovative ideas that benefit the UK’s economy and society. The competition is open to all students and presents an unrivalled opportunity to turn an innovative concept into a fully funded start-up. Elevate seeks to support entrepreneurship in its truest form. Students were encouraged to think big, embrace their creativity and develop innovative ideas which demonstrate their capacity to deliver commercial an...

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University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich runs the Enterprise Challenge, an annual competition that provides mentoring, training and funding for entrepreneurial students who want to pursue an idea. All students and recent graduates are eligible to apply. There are two streams that you can apply for – a Social Stream, if your business will have a positive environmental or social impact (NB you can still generate a profit through this stream), and a Commercial Stream, for any general business idea.

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University of Surrey

The University of Surrey's Enterprise Project embraces the Surrey Electrical and Electronic Engineers in Business Competition. The Enterprise Project is a year-long group project carried out by the second year students from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey. Students work in groups to create innovative concepts relating to the Information Communications Technology, Electronics and Computing sector that have potential for commercialisation. The p...

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Cardiff University

The Start-up Awards are our annual ideas competition for Cardiff University students and graduates which provide prizes and support to help them develop innovative business ideas. There are two stages - in the autumn semester, students pitch for smaller amounts of funding to assist with validating their ideas. In the spring semester, the competition final gives students the opportunity to win larger sums of funding and support services such as legal advice, banking advice and access to professio...

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UCL School of Management

The MSc Entrepreneurship at UCL School of Management is UCL’s flagship Entrepreneurial course. During a one-year programme designed for students who intend to start and run high impact businesses, they learn to research and develop new ideas. USL School of Management gives students the skills to take an idea and turn it into a business. Through courses like prototyping, marketing and finance students are being prepared for the range of challenges entrepreneurs face every day, there is also spec...

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UCL School of Management

UCL's competition was run as a component of a taught module entitled Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. The credit-bearing module is open to students across UCL and is designed to give practical and actionable insights into the selection and deployment of tools, techniques and theories for the identification, validation and structuring of a new business venture. The team-based portfolio submissions document the robust assessment of a new business opportunity as a core deliverable of the module...

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City, University of London

CitySpark is a business ideas competition open to all City students and recent alumni. CitySpark focusses on finding problems, identifying real gaps in the market and building evidence-based startups from day one. CitySpark places a core focus on encouraging students to ‘get out of the building’, meet target customers and develop a full understanding of the problem to be solved. This provides an excellent starting point for brilliant ideas to develop into fully-fledged business ventures. The co...

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University of Hull

Global Challenge is a module dedicated to all our 2nd year engineering students. This year 297 students created 50 interdisciplinary groups of engineers to solve current real-world problems. This year’s challenge was aligned to the university’s environment and energy focus, with the module focused upon researching innovation and solutions in plastics. Entrepreneurship Manager, Paula Gouldthorpe said, "Tthe Engineers in Business competition crucially helped them as our future engineers to...

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University of Southampton

At the University of Southampton, the Student Enterprise Team (based in the Careers and Employability Service), Future Worlds (the on-campus start-up accelerator) and the University’s Social Impact Lab have come together to offer the SEED Start-Up Funding Competition. The competition is exclusive to University of Southampton students and supports them in the creation and development of early-stage businesses or social enterprises through the awarding of funding prizes. Students must submit busin...

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University of Oxford

The Maurice Lubbock Poster Competition provides an amazing platform for students to showcase their innovations to representatives from industry and Government, alumni, academics and fellow students who attend the Lubbock Lecture. The competition is supported by the Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Management (EEM) pathway in the third and fourth years of the students’ degree in Oxford. This option is taught in coordination with the Saïd Business School and provides dedicated courses to tho...

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