Venture Further business start-up competition


Want to start-up a business?

Here's your chance to win £10,000 and make it a reality

Submit your entries for Venture Further 2018 by 22 March 2018. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 26 April 2018.

  • Cash prizes to support your business
  • Enter as an individual or team
  • Produce a business plan and progress your idea

Competition sponsors:

See who won in 2017

Why should you enter?

Four prize categories

Business: Businesses that have commercial potential via new products or services
Social: Businesses that improve the lives of people and communities
Digital: Businesses that apply digital technologies to generate new experiences and innovative business opportunities
Research: Businesses that focus on the application of university-based research to real-world problems and needs typically with some form of intellectual property at the heart of the business

Cash prizes

There are two cash prizes in each category that will go towards developing your business.

  • 1st - £10,000
  • 2nd - £2,500

What we look for

Your entry needs to be a viable business proposal that has the potential to succeed.

If your entry is successful, you will be asked to pitch your business proposal to a panel of judges for a chance to win one of the cash prizes.

How to enter

Competition details and Terms and Conditions >>
Details of application process >>
 Entry Form >>
 Compiling a Pitch Deck >>

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For further details about Venture Further, email Dr Martin Henery, Competition Director, at >>  

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