The search has begun to find Britain's Student Start-up of the Year The search has begun to find Britain's Student Start-up of the Year

Do you have an exciting business idea or early stage start-up?

An exciting nationwide competition to find early-stage business talent is now open for entries.

Launched by Enterprise Nation, the Student Start-up of the Year Award is aimed at entrepreneurial students and recent graduates, with the chance to win up to £3,500 and a programme of business support to help their venture flourish and grow.

A shortlist of ten promising student entrepreneurs will be selected by the judges and there will be a live pitching session in front of judges including Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation; Oli Barrett MBE, co-founder of StartUp Britain and CoSpa; Nick Leech, marketing director at 123 Reg; Michael Eder, co-founder of; Yani Valdimirova, enterprise engagement manager at student body NACUE and former Made In Chelsea star Amber Atherton.

The award has been launched in collaboration with global tech firm Microsoft and domain platform 123 Reg.

Who can apply?

Current students and those who have graduated within the last two years, who have either:

  • A business idea
  • A start-up that has been trading for a year or less at the time of applying

How do I enter?

You can enter via the Enterprise Nation website: The deadline for entries is 12 May 2017

Competition timelines

  • 28 April: Competition open for entries via
  • 12 May: Close for entries
  • 15 May: Shortlist of top 10 entries released
  • 19 May: Top 10 ideas are pitched live to judges and shortlisted to top three
  • 20 May: Top five video pitches showcased on Enterprise Nation and community vote for the best business idea
  • 26 May: We announce the final winner at the Summit. Pitch with the most votes wins!