£10,000 prize available for entrepreneurial students and recent graduates across the UK

Posted on: 30/08/2018

Young Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Varsity Pitch Competition – Second 2018 Cohort Now Open.


The Varsity Pitch Competition rewards UK students and recent graduate entrepreneurs who have enterprising ideas that they wish to turn into viable businesses; enabling participants to showcase their unique, creative ideas to the wider community. Entrants must be either a current student at a UK university or college or an individual who has graduated after 2013.

The business/idea must be the entrants’ own idea and/or an idea that they are free to disclose. Additionally, entrants must be able to own and run a business or social enterprise in the UK and be at least 16 years of age.

Award categories

  • TATA Disruptive -¬†This category is for businesses where the product or service is making improvements to the market in unexpected ways.
  • TATA Social Impact -¬†This category is for businesses that are ethically conscious.
  • Genuine Innovation -¬†This category is intended for those who can demonstrate unique ideas and ways of doing things.
  • Creative & Design -¬†This category is intended for those who are involved in the creative industries.
  • Digital and Technical -¬†This category is intended to support digital business ideas such as apps, hardware or online products.
  • Ideas¬†- This category is intended for those with a brand new idea that has the potential to be the next “big thing”.


Category semi-finals will take place later in the year, with businesses from each category being chosen to present a two minute pitch to a panel of mentors. The final will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week and the winner will receive £10,000 for their start-up.

The next deadline for this scheme is Friday 28 September 2018.

Find out more and apply here.

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