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Student Entrepreneurship Competition 2019

Student Entrepreneurship Competition 2019
    • 2019 Student Entrepreneurship Competition

      Hi everyone, 

      I've decided to extend the deadline to the competition to the morning of Monday, 4th Feb to give time to anyone wanting to get more done after work tomorrow. This is due to some unexpected site maintenance that happened to Open Learn Create today. Best of luck. It has been fun to offer feedback to some of you and I'm looking forward to reviewing submissions with the judges panel in February. 

      Good luck!


      Welcome to the 2019 Student Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition will help students and recent graduates take their business ideas forward by securing cash prizes to invest in their ventures.

      There are two distinct streams to the competition – the ‘New Business Challenge’ and the ‘Innovation Award’.  You can read more about each element and choose which one is more appropriate for your business idea by clicking on the links below. Please note, you can only enter one stream of the competition.

      New Business Challenge

      For startups ready to launch or an
      existing business that you want to
      develop further. 
      Submit a two-minute video pitch 
      along with a business model canvas
      and accompanying notes.

      1st Place £6000

      2nd Place £4000

      3rd Place £2000

      Find out more about the
      New Business Challenge


      Innovation Award

      For innovative business ideas that
      are at an early stage of development.
      Submit a two-minute
      video pitch along with a
      business model canvas.

      1st Place £3000

      2nd Place £2000

      3rd Place £1000

      Find out more about the
      Innovation Award

      Entrants selected for the final round in both elements will also be expected to present their business ideas to the judging panel at the Pitch Day on 22 March 2019. 

      All shortlisted participants will be invited to join the OU Accelerate weekend of training in entrepreneurial skills 13-15 September 2019.  Here is a short video of what students had to say about our recent OU Accelerate weekend.

      The 1st place winner of the New Business Challenge will also be the Open University’s submission to the 2019 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

      Check out our Student Hub Live event!

      On the 7th January we spoke with some of the competition judges and last year's winner. Videos are available here:

      The competition submission deadline is 12 pm on 4 February 2019

      Open University students are eligible to enter the competition if they are resident in the UK and currently studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or have graduated on or after 31 January 2017 at undergraduate level or above. Employees of The Open University are not eligible to enter.

      If you have any questions or need alternative formats to the materials provided here, please get in touch with us at

  • This competition is part of a collection

    This competition is part of a collection

    This competition is part of a collection of competitions called The Open University Competitions website. There are 3 competitions in this collection so you may find other competitions here that maybe of interest to you.

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  • Competition learning outcomes

    As a result of participating in this competition students will be able to:

    • describe the nine elements of the Business Model Canvas
    • present their business idea to a panel of judges (potential investors)
    • have a plan in place for launching their business idea
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About this competition

  • 1 hour study
  • Level 3: Advanced

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