2017 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

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SANTANDER UNIVERSITIES ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS

Since 2011, Santander has held an annual business pitching competition called the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. The award gives a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from our UK partner universities.

Participants can win cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support and since the competition's launch, Santander have given away more than £260,000 to start-ups and small businesses.

The 2017 edition of the awards is now live, and businesses can compete for a share of the £82,000 prize money as well as access to a range of other prizes designed to support and help grow their business.

 2017 CATEGORIES

  1. Pre-revenue category: This is defined as a business focusing on ideation, discovery and business validation with minimal sales generated (if any)
  2. Post-revenue category: This is defined as a business focusing on efficiency and scale with regular sales being generated

TO ENTER: PLEASE NOTE WE NEED ALL ENTRIES BY 17TH MARCH 2017

Winners will be announced at the Celebrate Enterprise Event on the

23rd March 2017.

You will need to provide a 2 minute video outlining idea behind your business supported by a business model canvas using this template

Then please email Mae Henderson with your video and business model canvas stating which category you are entering e.g. pre-revenue or post-revenue category

Helpful resources: business-model-canvas-support-document and 2017-entrepreneurship-awards-information-pack

Please note if you are also applying for the University Alliance you may submit the same video and business model canvas for both competitions.

STAGES OF THE COMPETITION 

1st Round:

Send your entry to Mae Henderson by 17th March 2017. Winners will be announced at the Celebrate Enterprise Event on the 23rd March 2017.

Kingston University will send entries to Santander between 24th – 28th April.

2nd Round: Taking place in 26th-30th June 2017

Present your business in a 5 minute pitch to a panel at one of the three regional heats.

12 businesses then go through to the third round securing £1000 funding

3rd Round: The 12 finalist businesses go on a accelerator week (10th-15th July), expenses paid for by Santander. This encompasses a series of masterclasses and workshop preparing you for the final pitch in October 2017.

The pitch will be 10 minutes followed by 5 mins Q&A and will take place in London where the winner and runner up will be chosen.

PRIZES

Pre - revenue winner 

  •  £20,00 of equity-free seed funding
  • Mentoring from one of the judges at the national final
  • Five page brochure or e-commerce website hosted for 12 months (Provided by Talent Cupboard)
  • An additional support package (details to be announced)
  • A fully funded intern.

Pre- revenue runner up

  • £15,000 of equity-free seed funding
  • Mentoring from one of the judges at the national final
  • Free five listings on the Talent Cupboard market place
  • Digital growth mentoring session (Provided by Talent Cupboard)
  • An additional support package (details to be announced)
  • A fully funded intern.

Post-revenue winner

  •  £25,000 of equity-free seed funding
  • Mentoring from one of the judges at the national final
  • Five free listings on the Talent Cupboard marketplace (Provided by Talent Cupboard)
  • Digital growth mentoring session (Provided by Talent Cupboard)
  • An additional support package (details to be announced in 2017)
  • A fully funded intern.

Post-revenue runner up

  • £15,000 of equity-free seed funding
  • Mentoring from one of the judges at the national final
  • Five page brochure or e-commerce website hosted for 12 months (Provided by Talent Cupboard)
  • Digital growth mentoring session (Provided by Talent Cupboard)
  • An additional support package (details to be announced in 2017)
  • A fully funded intern.

However even if not successful you can win/gain experience at the following stage

Round 1: If unsuccessful after round 1 you are invited to the regional breakthrough event. There you’ll receive a feedback session with one of Santander’s local business managers

Round 2: If unsuccessful after round 2 you are invited to the regional breakthrough event. There you’ll receive a feedback session with one of Santander’s local business managers and a certificate for getting to this stage

Round 3: If you are not a winner or runner up you will still receive £1000 and a certificate

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