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Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

A top prize of £30,000 seed funding plus business support.

More details and how to apply

The 2020 Santander Entrepreneurship Awards are now open.

Following its success in previous years, we’re excited to offer you support in applying for funding for your business. 

Who is eligible

To qualify to apply you & your business must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a Goldsmiths student or recent graduate (i.e. you must have graduated less than 3 years ago, as of 26 March 2020).
  • You must attend all the dates of the award programme:
    28 May 2020, Leicester Launch Event
    July 2020 (exact date & venue TBC) Accelerator
    28 – 29 September, London Grand Final
  • Your business must have been trading for no more than 18 months

Trading is defined as having already received funding or investment of up to £250,000.

This includes any funding from Santander Universities, the University you are studying at, grant funding from organisations such as Innovate UK, competition winnings that are connected to the development of your business and funds raised through crowdsourcing platforms, etc.

You also need to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be promoting/advertising your business publicly (e.g public-facing website) with the specific aim of attracting sales/users or investment in the next 6 to 12 months.
  • You have already made sales
  • You have gained users, e.g app downloads

How to enter

Goldsmiths gets to select one student or recent graduate business into the awards.

If you would like your business to be considered please complete The Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneur Award application form (PDF) and email it to student-awards (@gold.ac.uk) by 5 pm on Thursday 26 March.

Support for your application

You can book an enterprise appointment via CareerSPACE & either Belinda Heys or Ali Wylie will be happy to give you feedback on your application.

What happens next

Shortly after the deadline a Goldsmiths Selection Committee will review all the applications and choose the best business to put forward.

All applicants will be contacted once the selection process has taken place to inform you as to whether or not your business has made it through.

Help and advice

Contact us at student-awards (@gold.ac.uk)

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs 

£50,000 prize fund. £100,000 worth of business support. 5 winners.

More details and how to sign up

Deutsche Bank is working with MeWe360 to relaunch (DBACE) (Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs). They are seeking and supporting creative entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30 who are driven by a mission to build and sustain social value through their enterprise.

Multiple info sessions and events are being held across the UK.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Tuesday 7 April 2020.

Find out more and sign up to support event: www.dbace.org

Goldsmiths Innovation & Business Awards

Apply for up to £10,000 of funding to help you develop your ideas.

More details

Every year we're on the lookout for individuals or groups with exciting and entrepreneurial ideas for projects and businesses. Students at all levels of study are eligible to apply, as are recent alumni (graduated in the last two years). Learn more about the awards.

It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at with your idea, we’re looking for innovative projects where funding and mentoring can make a real impact.

Participation in the Goldsmiths Innovation Awards is also the perfect preparation for anyone thinking of applying for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards, or other funding competitions.

There will be application workshops on 27 January and 6 February 2020. 

Deadline for applications - 13 March 2020.

Download the application form (Word).

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Awards

This competition offers four prizes of £20,000 each.

More details

Open to students and recent graduates from London Universities, the award is looking for business ideas that can improve the city that we live in.

This year the Mayor's Entrepreneur has expanded to include four prizes of £20,000 each. The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition is searching for smart business ideas focused on one of each of the four awards in the Environment, Health, Smart Cities and Creative Industries sectors.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Sunday 17 May 2020

Please see the full details on london.gov.uk.

GradVenture 

A funding pot of £10 000 and expert mentoring sessions.

More details

Applications have now closed for GradVenture 2020.

The two semi-finals took place in February (the one for Creative Businesses took place at Goldsmiths and the other, for Businesses with a Social Purpose, took place at Queen Mary University, London).

Four businesses from each semi-final were selected to go forward to the final.

The final was due to take place on 12th March but has been postponed.

Once the new date is announced it will be posted here and on CareerSPACE – Goldsmiths students are welcome to attend the final.