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Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Top prize of £20,000 worth of funding and business support.

More details and how to apply

The 2019 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards are now open. Following its success in previous years, we're excited to offer you support in applying for funding for your ideas.  

Who is eligible

Students and graduates from the last 2 years.

How to enter

Goldsmiths gets to select two student businesses to enter into the Awards. To be in with a chance of being selected you will need to complete a Business Model Canvas.

Business Model Canvas

A Business Model Canvas is a template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It’s a visual chart with elements describing a firm or product's value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances.

Your business model describes the way in which a business creates value and generates profits or surpluses; a clear business model will help you create a more detailed and realistic business plan in future. 

Download a template: Business Model Canvas

Find out more about filling it in: Business Model Canvas Guide

Completed business model canvasses should be emailed to student-awards ( by 1 April 2020.

Support for your application

There will be an application workshop. Details to be announced soon. 

What happens next

In the first week of April, a Goldsmiths selection committee will review all the Business Model Canvasses we have received and choose the best two business ideas to take forward. The chosen two businesses will have to produce a short 2-minute pitch video by April 23 to be submitted to Santander Universities alongside their Business Model Canvas.

Help and advice

Contact us at student-awards (

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.

Applications open on 14 January 2020 and close on 31 March 2020.

Find out more and sign up to support event:

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.

Pre-application workshops are on

Tuesday 17th December 2019

Monday 17th February 2020 

Monday 16th March 2020

Deadline for applications is Sunday 22nd March 2020

Please see the full details on


A funding pot of £10 000 and expert mentoring sessions

More details

Applications have now closed for GradVenture 2020 and the semi-finalists have been selected.

There will be 2 semi-finals, one for Creative businesses on Saturday 1st February at Goldsmiths & the other for Businesses with a Social Purpose on Saturday 8th February at Queen Mary University in London.

These two semi-finals are free to attend and are open to all University of London students and recent graduates.

Book your place for the Creative Businesses semi-final (1 Feb, Goldsmiths).

Book your place for the Social Purpose businesses semi-final (8 Feb, Queen Mary University).