Big Ideas by Santander Universities

Win big cash prizes with Santander’s newest competition


Santander Universities have £20,000 to share with innovators and enterprising individuals with a “big idea” which addresses the key technological issues facing the financial industry today.

This brand new competition is split into three challenges:

Entries will close on Friday 15th January 2016. In assessing your big idea,  the Santander judging panel will consider your proposed solution in terms of its creativity, feasibility, viability and credibility.

If you’re a UK or International student or recent graduate (last five years) you may apply with your big idea. Applicants are encouraged to work in teams as successful candidates will be asked to create a prototype in the second phase of the competition.

To find out more about the prizes, the judging criteria and how you can get involved, visit the Santander’s Universities Enterprise Portal here.

Make It Happen – Tech Startup Panel

Tech Startup Panel – Monday 16th November, 3.30pm – 5pm


Hear from those who have brought their mobile apps and other digital developments to life, won investment or found ways to generate income from their tech skills.

Key Info:

  • Time: 3.30pm – 5pm
  • Location: Green Lane, Big Room
  • Pathway: Entrepreneurship
  • Lancaster Award points: 5pts

What’s this event about?

If you’ve ever had an idea for an app, wondered how your coding skills might help a tech startup, or identified an online business opportunity but need help from a developer to make it happen, then this event is for you. You will hear from a range of people who have done all these things and more.

It’s also a great chance to find other students with complimentary skills, ideas, or contacts that you can buddy up with and boost your progress to achieving your tech vision.

[Panel members to be confirmed soon]

Sign up here.


Did you know all our Make It Happen events are now on Target Connect?

Learn to code and be a successful tech entrepreneur

Digital skills are increasingly in demand; knowing how to code is vital to your tech business


Britain will need 745,000 additional works with digital skills for continued economic growth. Great news for techies, but what about digitally illiterate entrepreneurs with a tech start up in mind?

Daniel Thompson believes not knowing code is a significant disadvantage to a tech start up. ‘Ideas guys’ can be dead weights, productivity can be affected if you are reliant on external experts, and as the use of apps and e-commerce is increasingly important, knowing at least basic code will allow you to think about your digital content and initiatives.

Do you know your HTML from your CSS? Heard of Java, C#, SQL?

Read more about the importance of coding to your tech start up here.

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£10,000 pitch opportunity with F Factor

Tech Savvy Entrepreneurs- pitch opportunity with Talk Talk and Founders Forum


Are you a tech minded entrepreneur, aged 14 to 25? Have you got an innovative idea for an app, a game, or a technology business?

Founders Forum are working with Talk Talk to offer 10 young entrepreneurs the chance to win £10,000. There’s no need to write a business plan or have an existing business model, and experience isn’t necessary- all you have to do is create and submit a 30 second video and your idea in 140 characters. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas to a gathering of tech entrepreneurs in London and network with venture capitalists and business founders on 18th June 2015.

Entries must be submitted to ‘F Factor’ by midnight on 5th May 2015.

For further information on the competition, and to apply, click here.