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venture competition

The Venture Competition is an opportunity for Brunel University London students and alumni to develop their entrepreneurial skills and ideas with a chance to win up to £5,000 of start-up funding plus so much more!                                


 Up to £5,000 to go towards developing your business idea or taking an existing business to the next level.

·If you have a successful application, you could also be entered into the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards Competition which could enable you to win up to £15,000 prize money.

·An editorial feature in Disrupts Entrepreneurship and Lifestyle Magazine

·A 12-month VESTD membership – a collaboration platform that connects entrepreneurs to a network of experts to invest in each other.

·Points towards your Brunel+ Award

·One-to-one mentoring with members from our corporate partners including IBB and Kingston Smith

·Access to exhibition space at the Hillingdon Business Expo on Thursday 26 May where you can showcase your business and network with members from local and regional companies.

· A 12 month Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce Membership

·On-going support and advice from Brunel Innovation Hub

This competition is open to all Brunel students and alumni. Both individuals and teams are welcome.  No business experience necessary! Download our information pack and take the plunge today!

Download our information pack to get the full details and then submit your application on this online form .

The entries have the following written submission questions, which you will be marked on:


Max. number of words

What is the problem you are solving?


What is your product or service?


Who are your competitors and how are you different?


How does or will your start-up make money?


Financial section


Why are you/ team perfect to lead this start-up?


How will you wow the wider start-up community?


The application deadline has been extended - applications must be submitted before midnight on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Good luck with your Venture Competition 2017 Application! Remember, you won't be able to save and return to your application so make sure you have all your answers prepared before you start your application


1.     Send us a smashing application with enough detail to show how all aspects of your business model works before 8                   March

2.      Shortlisting takes place and eight finalists are announced on 22 March

3.       Finalists attend a ‘Perfect your Pitch’ workshop on 29 March

4.       Venture Finals Pitch and Awards on 5 April

Remember, you can book one-to-one sessions with our Innovation Consultants if you need any help with your               application, pitch, or business!



Key dates

Key event


Key activity

Thu 24 November 

11:00 – 12:00

Start-up Studio – Get your idea ready for the Venture Competition, win £5k!

Wed 22 February



Start-up Studio - Get your idea ready for the Venture Competition, win £5k!

Start-up Studio - Get your idea ready for the Venture Competition, win £5k!

Wed 8 March


Application Deadline Round 1 Closes

Wed 22 March


Finalists Announced

Wed 29 March

12:30 – 14:00

Art of Pitching Training

Wed 8 April


Venture Finals “Pitch and Awards”

Mon 24 – Fri 28 April


Santander submission deadline