The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

 What could you win?


One of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competitions is here!

There are two grand prize’s each worth £25,000 equity-free seed funding and two runner’s up prize’s of £15,000 for each of the categories.

All four winners will also receive:

·         Mentoring from business experts


·         Access to the ‘Accelerator Week’


·         A fully funded intern


·         £500 digital growth voucher from Talent Cupboard


Additionally the Santander judges will be looking out for the six People’s Choice Businesses, who demonstrate a positive social, environmental and cultural impact, chosen at the Regional Heats to pitch in front of the audience at the National Final.  The prize for this…one winner will receive £7,500 of equity-free seed funding and a fully funded intern. 

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 Who should enter?



If you have a business that has been set up for no longer than 12 months, and are a current student or recent graduate, you are probably eligible to enter this competition. 

Funding generated must be no higher than £100,000 (including but not limited to investment, grants, loans, revenues and prizes) and the company must have  no more than 5 employees (not including the Founders) Full terms of eligibility are provided in the information pack, downloadable below.

 How does the competition work?



The competition starts with a qualifying stage in order to select the entries from Lancaster University.

To be considered in the initial stage, you will need to submit to the Enterprise Team:

·         A two-minute video pitch outlining the idea behind the business and how it came about.


·         A completed Business Model Canvas providing insight into the inner workings of your business or idea. (Template issued by Santander)


A panel of judges with entrepreneurial experience will then assess all entries and two winners will be selected. 

The two winners of this stage will be put forward into a Regional Heat in June 2019, and if you are successful at that stage, you will have the opportunity to participate in an Accelerator Week in August 2019, which will prepare you for the Nation Finals in October 2019.


The Work In Progress Team will be hosting an information session in the near future. Please watch out for this opportunity to find out more. Alternatively please call into the Work in Progress Studio and ask one of our team members. 

 How to get started?

 Download the Awards Information Pack below

 Download the Business Model Canvas below

 Download the Canvas Guide Below

 Content From Workshop 1: Who is my Customer? 

 Download The Persona Canvas

 Download Supporting Notes for The Persona Canvas

 Download Putting a Value Proposition Together

 Download The Value Proposition Canvas

 Content From Workshop 2: £25,000 to Grow!

 Download Investment Ready Guide

 Download Cash flow Sheet Plan

 Download Business Scaling Plan

 Content From Workshop 3: Pitching & Video Production

Download Tips for Presenting and Pitching

 Download Introduction to Quality Video