Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Varsity Pitch Competition – First 2018 Cohort Open

The Varsity Pitch Competition rewards UK students and recent graduate entrepreneurs who have enterprising ideas that they wish to turn into viable businesses; enabling participants to showcase their unique, creative ideas to the wider community. Entrants must be either a current student at a UK university or college or an individual who has graduated after 2013.

The business/idea must be the entrants’ own idea and/or an idea that they are free to disclose. Additionally, entrants must be able to own and run a business or social enterprise in the UK and be at least 16 years of age.

The award categories for 2018 are as follows:

  • TATA Disruptive – This category is for businesses where the product or service is making improvements to the market in unexpected ways.
  • TATA Social Impact – This category is for businesses that are ethically conscious.
  • Genuine Innovation – This category is intended for those who can demonstrate unique ideas and ways of doing things.
  • Creative & Design – This category is intended for those who are involved in the creative industries.
  • Digital and Technical – This category is intended to support digital business ideas such as apps, hardware or online products.
  • Ideas – This category is intended for those with a brand new idea that has the potential to be the next “big thing”.

Applicants should submit a 60 second video outlining the business idea. These videos will be then be judged by experts during the shortlisting process.

Category semi-finals will take place later in the year, with businesses from each category being chosen to present a two minute pitch to a panel of mentors. The final will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week and the winner will receive £10,000 for their start-up.

The next deadline for this scheme is midday on Friday 27 July 2018.  Further information from Grantfinder

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About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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