Entrepreneurship competitions open to students and recent graduates

2021 Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneur Award:

Goldsmiths has been asked to select & put forward one student or recent graduate business to the Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneur Awards 2021, from the applications we receive.

The winning business (from all the candidates put forward by UK universities) will receive £50,000 equity free seed funding and £25,000 worth of additional business development support (e.g consultancy, mentoring, marketing, legal, etc.)

The runner up will receive £25,000 equity free seed funding with £25,000 worth of additional business support, as above. You’ll find further details on the website. For the application criteria and an application form please email student-awards@gold.ac.uk

GradVenture 2021:

GradVenture is the pitching competition for budding entrepreneurs from the University of London colleges. The two themes this year are: Building Community and Supporting Wellbeing. Your business, social enterprise or business idea needs to relate to one or both of these two themes. If selected, you will get a chance to develop your idea and pitch further, receive group mentoring, network virtually and compete in the semi-finals in early June. Six finalists will then get the chance to pitch their business idea to four judges and compete for a share of a £5,000 prize pot in early July.

Open to current Goldsmiths students and graduates who have graduated from Goldsmiths no earlier than September 2019. Your business or social enterprise can be either trading or pre-trading. If it is pre-trading it needs to have moved beyond the initial concept stage – for example, you must have done some testing or piloting, some market research, or prepared requests for funding.

For an application form please email: student-awards@gold.ac.uk

Further information about GradVenture is available on the University of London website. If you would like some support with your application please book an Online Enterprise Appointment via CareerSPACE or contact us at student-awards@gold.ac.uk

Deadline for applications to both competitions is 11th April 2021.