2019 Student Entrepreneurship Competition**UPDATE**
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.
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
2nd Place £4000
3rd Place £2000
Find out more about the
New Business Challenge
For innovative business ideas that
1st Place £3000
2nd Place £2000
3rd Place £1000
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 RASfirstname.lastname@example.org