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The 100-Day Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs! Do your students have what it takes to come up with a business idea and put together a plan in 100 days? Form a team to represent your school or college, and put your students’ creativity, business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to the test!

The Challenge:

Teams will be required to come up with a business plan, based on an idea that will address one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Each team must produce a short presentation (5-10 minutes) outlining their business idea, and a ​poster/visual business plan/display setting out their ideas.

All teams entered will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) and academic staff.

There was lots of interest from our students from the get go – they have thrown themselves into it...Getting the students out of school and out of their comfort zone has been fantastic.

A quote from Rachel Downes, a business and economics teacher at Sir Thomas Rich School, on the 2022 contest

Who can enter?

Teams of between 3-6 year 12 and 13 students, plus a teacher as a coach (this can be the same teacher for all teams being entered by a school/college). Each school/college may enter a maximum of four teams. Teams must be submitted by a teacher in order to be entered into the challenge.

When does the contest take place?

Wednesday, 6 March 2024, at Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster LA1 4YX.


  • AM: Travel to Lancaster, registration and set up displays.
  • 11:30am: Arrival and set up in West Pavillion
  • 12.00 – 1.00pm: Lunch
  • 1.00 – 2.30pm: Heats and People’s Choice
  • 2.30 – 3.00pm: Break
  • 3.00 – 4.30pm: Grand Final
  • 4.30 – 5.30pm: Presentation of prizes

(Please note the schedule may be subject to change.)

The winners of each heat will progress to the grand final.

Teams in the grand final will be asked to present in front of the judging panel and all other participants.

If you are unable to travel to Lancaster for the competition in person, please contact us to discuss the possibility of alternative arrangements.

Who will be judging the contest?

Teaching staff from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs).

There will be prizes for Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice and EIRs’ Choice.

Registration deadline:

Registrations for the 100-Day challenge have now closed.

If you have any questions, please email