External enterprise competitions
In addition to Masood Entrepreneurship Centre competitions, explore a range of external competitions.
Green Alley AwardEurope's first startup prize for the Circular Economy. Open to startups no older than 5 years that are located in Europe and fit into one of the following categories; recycling, waste prevention, and digital solutions. Six finalists will be invited to the Grand Finale in Berlin, with the winner taking home 25,000 euros in prize money. Applications close on 20th November 2023.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow
Do you have a tech-based solution to a societal issue of today? Open to all 16–25-year-olds living in the UK and Ireland, working as individuals or in a team of up to five participants. First place takes home £10,000 in cash, and all finalists receive the latest Samsung tech products. Deadline for entries is 18th December 2023.
Great British Entrepreneur Awards
Chance for established businesses to win awards in a variety of categories, including Maker and Creator of the Year, Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and many more. Pre-registration for 2024 now open!
Currently Active Competitions
Competitions expected to run in 2024
- Siemens Tech for Sustainability 2023
- TiE Global Pitch Competition
- Rolex Awards for Enterprise
- Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators
- Rice Business Plan Competition
- RSC Emerging Technologies Competition
- CleanTech Challenge
- Stephen Lloyd Awards - applications for 2024 open in February
- Tata Varsity Pitch Competition
Lean Launch Programme (LLP)
This 10-week online market discovery programme is designed around lean start-up methodology. Lean start-up takes the scientific method (hypothesise, test, evaluate) and applies it to business ideas. You will learn how to use this approach to test what your potential customers think about your idea, product or service. Programme currently closed for applicants.
ICURe is a pre-accelerator programme for researchers designed to help explore the commercial application and potential of research.
The ICURe programme is delivered through 4 key programmes; ICURe Engage, ICURe Discover, ICURe Explore and ICURe Exploit.
ARC is a first-of-its-kind programme designed to support researchers from the social sciences, arts and humanities to develop ideas based on their research into impactful ventures to help people, society and the economy.
External Researcher Competitions