The following competitions are currently closed but are expected to re-open again in the future.
At this hackathon-style weekend in London, teams of students take on some of the biggest challenges facing the care sector. At the end of the weekend, teams present their ideas to a panel of industry experts. Five teams go through to the next round, with £500 and support from an experienced mentor to develop their idea. Teams can go on to win a £15,000 or £40,000 grant to further develop their idea. Read more on the Care Innovation Challenge website.
The China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition 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.
The CleanTech Challenge is a global business plan competition open to university students (undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral). The focus is on innovative clean technology business ideas. Teams compete over three rounds for a £10,000 prize. Finalists receive mentoring from industry experts from the cleantech, entrepreneurial and related sectors. Find out more on the CleanTech Challenge website.
Design Council Spark is a support and funding programme designed to help you turn your bright idea into a commercially successful product. Once accepted onto the 16-week programme, you'll receive £15,000, specialist expertise and one-to-one mentoring to help you develop your product. You'll also have the chance to pitch for a further share of £200,000. Read more and apply on the Design Council website.
Run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Emerging Technologies Competition aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative technologies in health, energy and environment, food and drink, and materials and enabling technologies. You can win up to £10,000 to develop your idea, along with support, training, mentoring and exposure. It's open to small companies and universities. Find out more about the competition and last year's winners on the Royal Society of Chemistry website.
Engineering YES is a three-day residential training programme for research students and staff which introduces you to what's involved in setting up a technology start-up. You'll hear from leading figures in industry and work with a small teams to develop a business plan for a company based on a hypothetical but plausible idea. Find out more on the Engineering YES website.
The EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme celebrates the success of entrepreneurs, the positive impact they’re making on society and the economy, and the legacies they’re building. Nominees compete in regional programmes, and the winner of the national competition goes on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur of the Year. Find out more on EY's website.
FR FRONTIER is an international competition sponsored by Fast Retailing. You're invited you to submit creative solutions to help solve today’s business challenges, using your business planning skills, technical strengths and creativity. The first prize for this competition is 1,000,000 Japanese yen. Find out more on the Fast Retailing website.
Following successful projects in 2016 and 2017, we are once again running an app development competition.
If you are the lucky winner of the competition you will be given a package of support to help develop your app as a prototype:
- A dedicated technical team staffed by students and a post graduate lead
- Input from industry experts
- Support from a lead academic from CMP
Applicants will need to be available to spend some time working with the student groups to help shape the project. There are likely to be regular (probably weekly) team meetings as well the need for ongoing interaction with the development team and the evolution of the product online. Find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Alley Award is a European start-up competition which rewards promising business ideas that contribute to building a circular economy and improving the waste and recycling industry. You can win a cash prize of 7,000 € and access to mentoring, strategic support and networking opportunities. Find out more on the Green Alley Award website.
A global competition and accelerator program for start-ups in the field of life sciences, healthcare, digital health, clean-tech or any advanced engineering which has the potential to improve human wellbeing. The accelerator provides mentorship, a cash prize, lab space, free advice from leading professional services companies and networking opportunities. Find out more on the Innovation Forum website.
This competition aims to support early stage start-ups with products that could improve UK education and research. It’s open to small educational technology start-ups in the UK that have an existing product that addresses learning and teaching needs. Five winners will have access to mentorship and equity funding (subject to terms and conditions). Find out more on the Jisc website.
Enter the Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition for the chance to win £20,000 and support from City Hall to turn your idea for making London a better place to live and work into a reality. Current students and recent graduates from London universities and colleges can apply. You can enter as an individual or as part of a team. Find out more on the Greater London Authority website.
Enter the Varsity Pitch Competition to pitch for £10,000 equity free cash and marketing opportunities. Open to students and recent graduates who are running a business or have a business idea which they want to develop. Find out more on the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs' website.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has launched a new accelerator program for software companies not already established in Japan. The aim is to match up Tokyo’s hardware businesses with foreign software businesses involved in technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and the internet of things (IoT). Successful applicants receive free office space, mentoring and support in drawing up business plans, over two to three months. Find out more on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government website.
Pitch @ Palace gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet the people who can help make their business dreams become a reality - such as CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. If you're selected to participate, you'll be invited to attend a boot camp and receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone your pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance. Find out more on the Pitch@Palace website.
The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards are aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages. You can win cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support. Find out more about the awards here
Sirius is a 12-month programme which helps graduate entrepreneurs with new ideas that have real growth potential to maximise their chances of success. Successful applicants receive funding, business support, office accommodation, training and pitching opportunities. Find out more and apply on the Sirius Programme website.
This competition is open to early stage projects or start-up enterprises that are unique, systemic and modelled to deliver a high social impact. Ten shortlisted applicants will receive up to £2,000, along with practical, free support from a range of experts, to help them further develop their ideas. The winner(s) will receive up to £20,000. Find out more and apply on the Stephen Lloyd Awards website.
Enterprise Nation's annual competition provides an opportunity to win a host of prizes to help you and your business ideas flourish and grow. Winners receive free office space for 12 months and £2,500 cash investment. It's open to current and recent students in the UK who have an idea for a business that is not yet trading or running a business that has been trading for no more than 24 months. Find out more on the Enterprise Nation's website.
The Unloc Enterprise Academy are on a mission to empower young people to be innovative change makers. With the support of our partner Verizon, the international telecommunications giant, we believe this competition provides a valuable platform that gives young people the chance to promote their business ideas.
Applicants will compete to win the overall prize at the grand final: £5,000 of funding for their start up, a mentorship package and a technology bundle to accelerate their idea.
Applications will be judged on three key factors: Viability, Sustainability and Creativity.
Find out more on the Unloc Enterprise Challenge website.
The three-week Advanced Program, based in North America, helps participants develop the mind-set, skills and experiences needed to become a high impact entrepreneur. Find out more on the TrepCamp website.
This is your chance to pitch a business idea to Richard Branson and win a share of £1 million in prizes. Open to those looking to grow their business and those with a new idea. Find out more on the Virgin Media Business website.