Enterprise Competitions

Propeller supports several pre- and post- start-up competitions and awards, as well as running our own.  Our mentors are on hand to help you with your application and provide pitch practice.  Some of the awards and competitions with which we can help are below.

The 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. You do not compete against other people, funding is allocated on the value of your idea.

The Propeller Enterprise Award is closed at present.

Check your eligibility.

The NatWest Pre-Accelerator

We are working alongside Lancaster University to bring the NatWest Pre-Accelerator course to Lancashire.
A pre-accelerator seeks to prepare you and your idea or business, or at least determine your suitability, for participation in a more substantial accelerator programme.  These programmes are typically very competitive to access, and very intensive to undertake.  They are often used as a means through which funders and investors can spot promising talent, ideas and businesses.
Most of the work for the pre-accelerator is conducted online, at your convenience.
There will be events such as the Ignition launch event and the celebratory wrap-up held at Lancaster University too.
  • Ignition event – a 4-hour launch event on the 28th of January 2020
  • Online modules – complete 4 modules over 8 weeks, for 8-24 weeks
  • Webinars and digital workshops
  • Celebration wrap-up event in June
Successful applicants will also be invited to a number of peer networking events during the programme.

External Competitions

If you are interested in finding out about external competitions, join our mailing list.

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.

Applications typically take place in March/April.

This year’s winner, Dave Clayton, is recieving support from Propeller for his venture ‘Wot Wud U Do?’. Find out more about his pitch