The Big Idea Challenge is the University of Westminster’s annual University-wide student and graduate business competition, supported by Santander Universities UK. The competition empowers students and graduates to develop their entrepreneurial skills and access funding to grow their businesses.

Applications will open on 16th November and close on 19th March, 5pm. Please read the competition guidelines before applying.

Entry Categories

Apply by choosing one of the three entry routes to participate.

Freelance

Showcase your Portfolio

Pitch your portfolio and services

Ideation

Viable new ideas

Pitch the potential of your product or service idea

Acceleration

Post-Revenue Businesses 

Pitch your existing and trading business and its potential to grow

What Could You Win?

Freelance

Develop your ability to pitch and present your portfolio and services

Get support to enhance your presentation, sales and marketing skills to increase the likelihood of getting paid client commissions

 

 

1st Place Award

£2,500

2nd Place Award
£1,500

3rd Place Award
£1,000

2x Finalists Awards
£250

1x Viral Idea Award
£500

Ideation

Develop your ability to pitch and present your product or service concepts

Build and work towards a proof of concept and minimum viable product or service

Get guidance on how to build a business model to go from idea to business

 

1st Place Award
£2,500

2nd Place Award
£1,500

3rd Place Award
£1,000

2x Finalists Awards
£250

1x Viral Idea Award
£500

Acceleration

Develop your ability to pitch and present your business to potential investors

Get investment ready and learn how to build key partnerships

Understand how to scale production, customer and revenue growthScale production, customer and revenue growth

1st Place Award
£5,000

2nd Place Award
£3,000

3rd Place Award
£1,000

2x Finalists Awards
£250

1x Viral Idea Award
£500

Increase Your Odds of Success

Book and attend workshops and talks to gain essential insights and guidance on freelancing, starting and growing a business. These events will be advantageous for your application, progression and increase the likelihood of your success. Find and book an event via: https://bit.ly/CECSKILLSLABS