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. 

Competition a positive for your business?

“Having a rival can strengthen your business”

A rival company launching just before you do may seem like the end of your journey… But what if you use that competition to your advantage?

A recent article for the The Guardian Small Business Network showcases how a number of businesses tackled the challenge of competition – whether that be current or prospective rivalry. Different companies had different approaches – for some it may be viable to keep their product completely under wraps until release but for others creating a strong unique brand, pivoting the the business model or simply racing to be the first to market were their chosen pathways. Cooperation with competitors may even be an option.

The case clearly depends on the business and actual scenario, but competition could well help to strengthen your business and give it the edge, rather than being the end of the road.

Read the full article ‘Rivalry can bring out the best in a startup’ on The Guardian Small Business Network.


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


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.


Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise

Launch your creative career with £10,000 investment!

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise is an awards programme for final year students and first year graduates. The aim of the programme is to provide financial and business support to help launch your creative career.

Winners will receive £10,000 investment in their idea, as well as enterprise training and business mentoring for one year to help with the launch of their creative business/project.

To apply you will need to submit a plan that details your project or business.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 12th of March

More information including details of the full process, previous winners and helpful resources can be found on the DBACE website.

If you are interested in applying and would like any guidance with your application please get in touch with the Enterprise Team.


Santander Entrepreneurship Awards 2017

Opportunity to win up to £25,000 funding, mentoring and start-up support!

The UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competition is back! This is your chance to win up to £25,000 funding, mentoring and start-up support.

Information Session: 6th of February, 12:30-1:30pm, George Fox LT5 (please note, change of venue from Charles Carter A17)

The Process

Stage one: You and your idea

This stage will involve the production of a two minute video pitch along with a completed business model canvas. These will be judged internally and two entries will then be submitted to Santander – one in each of the two competition categories: pre-revenue and post-revenue.

Stage two: Understanding your Business

Santander will shortlist up to 30 businesses to take part in regional heats, delivering a 5 minute pitch followed by Q&A.

Stage three: Growing your Business

Up to 12 businesses will reach stage 3. They will all receive £1,000 seed funding and be invited to attend an accelerator week to help prepare for the final event in London. The final will take place in October and involve the delivery of a 10 minute presentation followed by Q&A.

The Prize

Attractive prize packages for a pre-revenue and post-revenue winner and runner-up . Prize packages include between £10,000-£25,000 of equity-free seed funding, a fully funded intern, mentoring from one of the judges at the national final and additional support provided by Talent Cupboard such as free listings on their marketplace or e-commerce website hosting for several months.

What Next?

  • You can enter as a team or individual. Alumni must have graduated within the past 5 years.
  • Attend our Information Session on Monday the 6th of February, 12:30-1:30pm in George Fox LT 5. This session will include everything you need to know to prepare an entry for the competition – help you check your eligibility, understand the full process, find our what the judges will be looking for and ask any questions you may have. You can book on to the session through Target Connect.
  • Email the Enterprise Team if you have any further questions.

We survived the (Social) Storm!

‘You’ll learn things you never expected to learn. Fantastic experience.’

‘Great chance to demonstrate to employers that you can innovate’

‘Give it a go if you have the opportunity’

Social Storm International 11th-12th November 2016

It all started on the weekend of the 11th of November, when nine students took part in Social Storm International – a global 24 hour social innovation hackathon. Students were placed into international teams alongside students from Lancaster’s partner universities in India and Ghana.

Overcoming the barriers associated with remote communication, each team came up with an innovative solution to one of the global problems of food security or sustainable housing, producing a final video pitch. This is the first time that Lancaster has taken part in such an event and we were very impressed with the result and would like to thank the students for their energy and hard work.

However, the hackathons didn’t end there…

Social Storm Lancaster 18th-19th November 2016

The following weekend saw us bring Social Storm to Lancaster, carrying the same problems forward, 20 Lancaster students took on the same challenge in more localised teams.

All three of the final pitches were fantastic and engaging; to have produced what they did within in just 24 hours, having only just met each other was an impressive feat. Thank you to the student teams for putting so much energy and grit into Social Storm, and to the mentors, judges and volunteers who gave their time to support the event.

Special congratulations to the winning team, Social Stormtroopers – bring on the edible insects!

We captured some of the students’ feelings straight after the event:

Photos from the weekend can be found on the U Social Venture Facebook page. Below are just a few of our favourites:

The Enterprise Team look forward to helping everyone to progress their solutions towards social impact in the weekly IdeasLabs in the Learning Zone.


Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition

Organised in partnership with UNESCO, Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition challenges students worldwide from all disciplines to develop new ideas and innovate with Airbus for the future of aviation. The grand prize for the winning team is €30,000 and the runners up win their share of €15,000.

The competition is open to teams of 3-5 students and involves three progressively challenging rounds and a final during which the five final teams present their ideas to a panel of Airbus and industry experts. Each challenge is real and relates to one the five key challenges faced at present by the aviation industry – business models, flight operations, passenger experience, design engineering and manufacturing.

Round one of the competition ends on the 25th of November – so if you are interested – register soon and get thinking!

Visit the Airbus Fly Your Ideas website for further details and to register.

Varsity Pitch 2016

Opportunity to win £10,000 from a 60 second pitch!

The Varsity Pitch Competition is on the hunt for the best student and graduate businesses. The competition takes place in three stages including an online People’s Vote with Lloyds Banking Group, a bootcamp with an impressive lineup of mentors and a grand final.

Not only is this an opportunity to win a prize of £10,000 and other priceless opportunities, it is also the perfect chance to get your business or idea noticed by some of the biggest companies in the UK.

The competition is open to any current students at a UK university or college, or anyone who has graduated in the UK after 2011.

Apply here with a 60 second video pitch by 12pm (midday) on the 16th of September.

To find out more, including a timeline of events and details of the different categories click here.



The China UK Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015

The China UK Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015


The China UK Entrepreneurship Challenge aims to encourage new business ventures between China and the United Kingdom, and is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs seeking start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The competition is part of the PMII (Prime Minister Initiative II) Connect project, supported by the British Council, the Confucius Institute programme funded by Hanban and Lancaster University.

The competition is open to undergraduates and postgraduates, with a maximum of 4 people per team and successful applicants will be in with a chance of winning up to £13,000 in cash prizes. To apply, each team must submit an entry form and Executive Summary (max. 800 words) with a brief description of your business idea/plan and how you intend to realise it.

For further information on the competition and to register your team, click here.

Deadline for registration and submission of executive summary: 18th May 2015, 5pm