Enterprise Competitions

Propeller supports several pre and post start competitions and awards.  Our mentors are on hand to help you with your application.  Some of the awards and competitions which we can help with are:

Propeller Enterprise Award

Propeller offer our own award for innovative business start-ups. We award entrepreneurs that display sound business strategy with up to £1,000 to realise their business ideas. The Spring application round is now open to current students and 2018 graduates. The deadline is 1st March 2019 at 3pm.

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University Entrepreneur’s Grant – Educate North Awards

The Educate North Awards celebrate best practice and excellence in the education sector across the North of England. The University Entrepreneur’s Grant is a bit of a special category, as a winner is not decided until the day of the ceremony. Each shortlisted applicant will present a 3 minute pitch for the audience to vote on.

Entrants need to have a great business idea which they can pitch during the Educate North Awards 2019 ceremony. Audience members will vote on which idea has the most potential and the winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize to develop their business plan and access a mentor. You will also receive a helpful publicity boost including a professional promotional film that will aid future business relations, as well as an opportunity to return to the 2020 awards to update everyone on your progress.

The awards ceremony will take place on 25 April 2019 and you must be able to attend on this date to apply.

We are accepting applications up until Tuesday April 2nd, 2019. Email teampropeller@uclan.ac.uk to request an application form and book in with a mentor.

The Big Ideas Challenge

The Big Ideas Challenge is a 3-day event focused on helping a real-world business find new solutions. This year’s challenge was run in partnership with the LSBE and Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. The challenge was to assist Lancashire Women in developing either an app or event to bring in more volunteers and tackle issues such as democracy and accessing services.

As well as developing entrepreneurial skills, gaining practical project experience and boosting thier CV’s, Team Tower won £400 in Love2Shop vouchers, and a further prize was awarded to Team Aspire for their informative and insightful video diaries chronicling the challenge.

Enterprise Stars

Enterprise Stars is a one-day enterprise festival run by the University Alliance. Students can win business and investment advice from an investor panel. The festival includes a host of opportunities including networking and learning, learning how to pitch, showcasing ideas and even obtaining financial support. For more information, please get in touch with Propeller.  The next round will launch in early 2019.

The Unloc Enterprise Challenge

The Unloc Enterprise Challenge by Verizon has prizes up to £5,000 for young people aged 16-25 years old. They are looking for fresh and innovative business ideas that display viability, sustainability and creativity.

We are always looking for new competitions and awards, so keep an eye on this page for updates.   Please get in touch if you spot an award or competition that we haven’t mentioned, as we may still be able to support your application.