Innovator Launchpad Award

Tell your innovation story to win a prize worth £7,500 with Murgitroyd

Innovator Launchpad is a new Facebook community powered by Murgitroyd, one of the largest IP firms in Europe. The Launchpad aims to provide a space for innovators to collaborate, access resources and compete for funding.

If you are a pre-profit business or charity based in the UK, the Innovator Launchpad would like to hear your innovation story as part of their new competition.

The winner of the competition will receive an impressive prize package including:

  • £5,000 cash
  • £2,500 worth of in-kind intellectual property advice
  • Customised Betabrand Space Jacket
  • Professional photo shoot
  • Free publicity, including UK press release and 1-page regional full colour advertisement.

Two runners up will also be awarded £1,000 of in-kind intellectual property advice.

The deadline for you to submit your innovation story is 12pm on Friday the 9th of June. Following submission your story will be reviewed and providing that it is eligible, will be posted on the Murgitroyd Innovator Launchpad Facebook community for public voting.

To find out more and to apply click here. 

UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017

Applications now open!

The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply and there are specific categories that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for.

Applications close on the 7th of July 2017 and the final awards ceremony will take place in London on the 23rd of November.

To find out more about the awards, the different categories and to access the online application form visit the Social Enterprise UK website.

University Entrepreneurs Challenge Success!

Kaizen Academy take 3rd place!

Big congratulations to Kaizen Academy for taking 3rd prize in The University Entrepreneurs Challenge at the third Educate North Awards, held at The Hilton Hall Hotel in Manchester at the end of April.

Ze Macedo represented the Kaizen team, pitching against 5 other companies at the final in front of four experienced judges. The results were  then announced later that day at the awards ceremony attended by more than 250 academics, students and executives.

Well done to Ze and the rest of the Kaizen team!

You can read more about the awards and winners here.


Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Win £1,500 and mentoring for your new fine food product!

Inspired by the growing number of new businesses being started by young entrepreneurs, Cotswold Fayre are hosting a competition for young entrepreneurs aged between 18-25 years old who have a new fine food product that they may be looking to bring to market.

You could win £1,500 of funding, a year of mentoring from company Founder, Paul Hargreaves plus help from Cotswold Fayre’s in-house designers to build a strong brand identity.

Applications close: 30th June

To read more about the competition, previous winners and to apply, visit the Cotswold Fayre website. 


Big Ideas Challenge

Be an Entrepreneur for 4 days!

The Big Ideas Challenge 2 is an enterprise and employability challenge organised by UCLan Student Enterprise & Incubation Team and Careers Service.

The challenge will involve working in teams on a real, live challenge across 4 days in conjunction with a real organisation. You will be expected to come up with a ‘Big Idea,’ prove the business case for it and then pitch it to an expert panel of judges. The team with the best pitch will win the prizes and a placement opportunity.

The challenge is based on the principle of ‘learning by doing’ and at the end of the challenge, you should be able to do more than you could before, having stretched your ability to tackle and respond to real life problems such as those within a real work or business environment.

When? 15-18th May 2017

Where? UCLan Media Factory

You can read more about the successes from the first Big Ideas Challenge here.

If you are interested in attending please let us know by emailing


Enterprise Nation: Student Start-up of the Year

Win £3,500 for your business!

Enterprise Nation have just launched a brand new competition: Student Start-up of the Year.

Supported by Microsoft and 123 Reg, Enterprise Nation are looking for brilliant ideas from both current students and those who have graduated within the past two years.

Entries will be accepted from businesses who are not yet trading and also businesses that have been trading for less than a year.

Applications need to be submitted by the 12th of May.

10 applicants will then be shortlisted to pitch in front of a panel of judges at Microsoft’s offices in London on the 19th May, from those five will be selected to go to a public vote.

To find out more about the competition, the prizes and to apply visit

Baldwins KickStart Young Entrepreneur Awards – £20,000 prize

Young entrepreneurs (18-25) are encouraged to apply now for up to £20,000 with Baldwins Accountants.

Baldwins KickStart Young Entrepreneur Awards is a national competition for young entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business or have recently done so (trading date must be on or after 31st August 2016).

Entrants should submit their details and ideas here. Entries will then be whittled down to ten semi-finalists before three finalists have the opportunity to present their ideas to a live audience at a gala dinner in November at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

The prize includes a £10,000 grant along with £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice.

Entries close August 31st 2017.

For further information visit the Baldwins Accountants website here.

Santander Entrepreneurship Awards – Deadline Approaching!

Deadline: Noon, Monday 24th April

Hopefully many of you have been working hard on your Santander Entrepreneurship Awards Applications. This post is just a quick reminder with regards to what to submit, how to submit and the judging criteria. In addition, please could you let us know via email if you are planning to submit an entry and in which category, so that we have an idea of numbers before the actual deadline. 

To enter, you will need to produce both a two minute video pitch and a completed business model canvas (Download Template).

In your video the judges will be looking for:

  • A clear explanation of your business, its purpose and an understanding of the problem that it solves for customers.
  • An understanding of where your business or idea came from.
  • Evidence of how winning the competition would help you grow your business.

To find out more about the competition including the full process, eligibility requirements and prizes, take a look at the information page here.

A few tools to help you perfect your entry:

  • Simon Sinek – Starting with Why? may help you to better articulate the rationale behind your idea.
  • You can access the Business Model Generation: a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers (Osterwalder & Pigneur, 2010) online through OneSearch.

Please email your completed canvases and videos to by noon, Monday the 24th of April. In your email please state which category you are entering in – Pre-revenue or Post-revenue. 

University Entrepreneurs Challenge – Shortlist Announced!

Kaizen Academy make the final six

Congratulations to Kaizen Academy for being shortlisted to the final six of the University Entrepreneurs Challenge as part of the prestigious Educate North and UK Leadership Awards and Conference 2017.

Founded by a team of students/graduates and world-class martial artists, Kaizen Academy is a dedicated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts facility based in Lancaster with the aim of improving, professionalising and modernising the way in which martial arts are taught. You can read more about Kaizen’s story in the Enterprise Directory here.

The full shortlist for the award can also be found here.

We wish Kaizen the best of luck for the final of the event on the 27th of April!


Build a Country Challenge

Project Invitation: Build a Country Challenge

Student, Morgan Saunders is currently looking to form a team to take part in the Build a Country Challenge, this post is an invitation from Morgan to join his project team:

Do you have a winning solution for Digital Identity Management?

Do you want to compete in a prestigious international competition?

Do you have business experience or a business related degree?

Do you have an interest in programming or data science?

If you answered yes to any of the previous questions you may be interested in the Build a Country Challenge. I am forming a team, primarily of Lancaster Students, to compete in the Challenge.

What I bring to the team:

  • Commitment
  • Commercial awareness
  • Pitching skills

Ideal team member:

  • Committed
  • Creative
  • Experience of formulating business plans or programming or expertise in Digital Identity Management.






What taking part involves:

  • Assisting with the generation of a practical solution to digital identity management.
  • Assisting in the creation of a feasible business plan.

The deadline for submission is the 30th April 2017

What is the competition process?

If our idea makes it into the top three, we would be invited to speak at the 7th Follow The Entrepreneur Summit in Malta, 9th/10th July 2017. If our idea wins the challenge, €500,000 capital investment, coaching and mentoring would be the prize.

If you are interested please email the Enterprise Team and we will forward the message on to Morgan. More information on the challenge can be found here.