College Competitions

Althea

A personal and professional development programme aimed at women studying at Imperial

Althea-Imperial Programme

The programme consists of series of workshops designed to help you develop your enterprising idea. All participants can opt to submit their ideas to the Althea-Imperial Prize. The top prize is £10,000.

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VCC

Test the commercial viability of your early-stage science & tech idea

Venture Catalyst Challenge

VCC is Imperial College London’s flagship science & technology pre-accelerator, which allows you to test the commercial viability of your idea, university project or research.

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FoNS MAD

Develop low-cost technology that has an impact on society to win £1000

FoNS MAD 2017

Open to FoNS undergraduates and to team members from other Faculties. The top three teams will be given funding and space to work on their project over the summer. At the end, the winning team will receive £1000.

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A.C.T. Now!

Apply for up to £300 funding to help you get started!

A.C.T. Now!

Applications open Monday 30 January. Apply for an award of up to £300 to give your social enterprise project a funding boost! There’s £1500 to give away!

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IGHI Student Challenges Competition

Do you have a unique idea for a new product or research project in global health?

IGHI Student Challenges Competition

Student Challenges offers you the opportunity to showcase your research and to win prize money to fund your chosen project, which can be on any aspect of global health innovation. Each year, IGHI hosts a Dragon’s Den Style event to find the winner. The competition is open to all UK based students and can cover any aspect of global health innovation. Winner gets £5k!

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I&E START!

Open to all Business School student teams

I&E START!

Imperial College Business School’s student teams are invited to participate in an opportunity to compete for the £10,000 prize to develop their innovative business idea. This includes teams from the MBA and MSc courses, who, following the completion of their IE&D Projects, and IE&M projects are invited to participate and continue their entrepreneurial journey by entering the I&E START! Challenge

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External Competitions

BT SME Award

Could your ideas help to secure our nation?

Securing the Nation

A challenge split into three categories: ‘cyber security’, ‘data collection, mining and analytics’, and ‘digital innovation’. Winners of each category will receive £10k plus the opportunity to develop their idea with the support of BT for six months. Deadline: 3 March 2017.

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Young Start-Up Talent

A community-based project aimed at young entrepreneurs aged 16-25

Young Start-Up Talent

Apply now with your business idea and you could be walking away with a prize fund of business products and services worth £50,000 giving you all the tools you need to make your new business venture a success! Deadline: 14 May 2017

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Shell LiveWIRE

Do you have a smart business idea that will help meet the needs of our growing population?

Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

For entrepreneurs aged 16-30 with ideas that address the UK’s future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in. One monthly winner gets £5000 funding!

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The Mayor's Entrepreneur

Now closed for this year, but keep an eye out for next year!

The Mayor's Entrepreneur

Ideas are judged on originality, practicality, clarity, longevity, and carbon savings, with a top prize of £20k.

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Pacific Venture Capital

Now closed for this year, but keep an eye out for next year!

Pacific Venture Capital Conference & Competition

The Pacific Venture Capital Competition brings out the unique nature of the Venture Capital industry – a competition that creates interactions between entrepreneurship and financial valuation. Contestants can compete either as an Entrepreneurship team or Venture Capital team.

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Climate-KIC Summer School

Applications closed for this year, but keep an eye out for next year!

EIT Climate-KIC Summer School

Take action, join the Climate-KIC Journey: Europe’s largest summer school for climate innovation and entrepreneurship offers a unique combination of climate knowledge and hands-on business experience. Applicants can apply for a 3-week or 5-week programme.

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KPMG International Case Competition

KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) 2017 takes place 10-13, April 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

KPMG International Case Competition

Discover the fast paced world of casework and test your ability to develop innovative, real-world business solutions through this challenging and exciting learning experience. You will compete with talented students from around the world, gaining valuable insight into what it’s like to work with clients. And once you progress to the top of your national case competition, you’ll find yourself on an all-expenses-paid trip to beautiful Lisbon, Portugal for the 2017 international final.

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Global Social Venture Competition

Applications closed for the 2016/17 round but watch out for 2017/18!

Global Social Venture Competition

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and over $80,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.

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Creative Shock

A global social business case competition for students

Creative Shock international business case competition

Creative Shock is an international social business case competition organized every year since 2011, by the students of the ISM University of Management and Economics. The winners of the competition get 1500 EUR and round trip plane tickets.

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Hult Prize

Applications closed for 2017 but keep an eye out for 2018 applications opening at the end of this year

Hult Prize

The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities. The annual competition for the Hult Prize aims to create and launch the most compelling social business ideas—start-up enterprises that tackle grave issues faced by billions of people. Winners receive USD1 Million in seed capital, as well as mentorship and advice from the international business community.

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Sustainable Investing Challenge

Applications closed for this year but watch out for next year!

Sustainable Investing Challenge

The Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge seeks to identify outstanding proposals offering novel investment strategies to meet some of the most pressing global challenges ahead. As the world’s population approaches 9 billion people by the year 2050, the challenge of meeting human demand for scarce global resources will intensify. Contestants must propose and defend a strategy that uses finance and investment tools rather than an operating enterprise to address an environmental or societal challenge.

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European Business Plan of the Year

A startup business plan competition of top European business schools

European Business Plan of the Year Competition

The European Business Plan of the Year Competition is a startup business plan competition of top European business schools. The European competition is starting on Thursday June 25 (with a late afternoon welcome reception) and ending on Saturday June 27.

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London Healthtech Challenge

Register by 31 March 2017!

London Healthtech Challenge 2017

The HealthTech Challenge is a business idea competition created to help students turn their healthtech ideas into reality. Hosted by the Healthcare Club of London Business School and the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School the competition runs every year and offers mentorship, training, and the Dhruv Bata Prize of £10,000 to the winning team. Register by 31 March 2017.

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Cleantech Challenge

Watch out for the 2017/2018 applications later this year!

Cleantech Challenge

The CleanTech Challenge is a business plan competition that helps students from across the globe form teams and develop their clean technology business ideas through a 3-stage competition that runs from November through to April. Participants receive guidance, feedback and mentorship from industry professionals throughout the Challenge. 10 finalist teams compete in live “Boot Camp” finals in London for £10,000 in cash.

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Global Action on Poverty

Global Action on Poverty (GAP) builds and supports changemaking communities to eradicate poverty

GAP: Global Action on Poverty

GAP’s objective is to accelerate the impact produced by a diverse set of committed, passionate individuals (“Changemakers”), who are tirelessly working to bring people out of poverty through myriad ways. GAP provides these Changemakers a range of resources and capabilities through Partners, to enable them to transform the level at which they work.

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HEC Business Game

The 2017 HEC Business Game will take place from 7-8 April. Register now!

HEC Business Game

This real-life case competition brings together 150 talented participants from around the world to Paris to compete in a challenging, but fun, two-day case competition. Unlike many other case competitions, the HEC Business Game will have you work together with different groups of students during each challenge.

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Venture Capital Investment Competition

Global VCIC is the world’s largest venture capital competition with over 70 universities competing. VCIC is the only place where students get to be VCs for the day.

Venture Capital Investment Competition

Students play the role of VCs who have around $100MM to invest in one of the startups presenting. They’ll be assessing the investment opportunities and pitching an investment strategy to the VC judges. Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to spend a full day with our VC judges with the bonus of great feedback from great students, many of whom represent student-run venture funds. You might also win “Startup of the Year” for the region.

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Santander Universities

Aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from our UK partner universities

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Participants can win cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support and since the competition’s launch, we’ve given away more than £260,000 to start-ups and small businesses. The 2017 edition of the awards is now live, with businesses competing for a share of the £82,000 prize money as well as access to a range of other prizes designed to support and help grow their business.

Jisc Edtech Competition

Receive a grant and support from Jisc to develop your education technology ideas.

Jisc Edtech Competition

Our student ideas competition invites students to submit their own idea/s for how to use technology to make life better for the UK’s learners, staff and researchers. Ideas with the most votes are selected to participate in a four-day design sprint over the summer period. As well as up to £10,000 to collaborate with us and develop their idea further, the teams get first-hand experience of creative design, research, entrepreneurism and project management.

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BioStars

A life and health sciences comprehensive accelerator (Closed for 2017 intake, watch out for next year!)

BioStars

Turn your own scientific ideas into marketable products. The competition is open to ideas and business models across all life science and health care disciplines at any developmental stage. The competition is open to post-graduate and MBA students, academics, industry professionals and other aspiring entrepreneurs with relevant skillsets. There’s a £30k prize!

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L'Oreal Brandstorm 2017

Disrupt men's grooming with life-changing innovation

L'Oreal Brandstorm

An innovation competition like no other. Over the past 25 years, 95,000 students from 58 countries have participated in, learned and grown from this amazing experience. Each year 15,000 students take up the challenge and make change happen for one of our top brands. NOW it’s your turn. Using your intelligence, know-how and creativity, we want you to be part of innovation at L’Oréal, for real. 2 teams will be announced the winners of L’Oréal Brandstorm 2017. Win 10,000 EUR! Deadline for registration: 26 February 2017

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