Who can participate?
Sponsors and supporters

What is it?

The London Entrepreneursí Challenge is a workshop programme and business plan competition open to all members of UCL, SOAS, Royal Veterinary College, Birkbeck, the School of Pharmacy, and the London Busines School that aims to show participants the process of starting a business by helping them do it for themselves.

The competition and events programme was launched for the first time in October 2002 and is now entering its twelfth year. The programme for this academic year will begin in October 2013 and will run until December 2013. Details of the workshop and event timetables can be found here.

The first stage of the competition will involve producing an executive summary. These will be judged and prizes awarded at a small event in the middle of term. The second stage will aim for a more detailed business plan to be produced for a grand final in December 2013. Throughout the programme there wil be substantial cash prizes totalling £15,000!

Judges will be drawn from across academic disciplines and commercial backgrounds. Teams will be judged on their concept, presentation, analysis and planning.

The competition element of the Entrepreneurs' Challenge will be supported by document materials, a series of workshops and mentors that will be available to everyone that takes part. Many of the presenters and mentors will be from external organisations and companies and all are business professionals that have proven their value in the commercial world.

Workshops for the teams will be held during term time from October to December.

Topics to be covered, include:

  • Assessing an idea
  • Intellectual property and exploitation
  • Team roles and project management
  • Finance and business models
  • Entrepreneurís Boot Camp

See the News and Events page for more information.

The programme is open to all members of UCL, SOAS, Royal Veterinary College, Birkbeck, the School of Pharmacy, and the London Business School. Find out more information on the sponsors and supporters, UCL, SOAS, RVC, Birkbeck, the School of Pharmacy and LBS.

The London Entrepreneurs' Challenge is managed and delivered by UCL Advances. Find out more.

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