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

The Big Idea Grand Final will take place live and in person on Thursday 9 June 2022 from 12:30 – 18:30pm at Westminster's Portland Hall.

Applications have now closed but you can view the selected finalist entries and vote for the Viral Idea Prize Winner for each category.


Entry Categories


Showcase your Portfolio

Present your portfolio and services.


Viable Business Ideas

Pitch the potential of your product or service idea.


Existing Businesses

Pitch your existing and trading business and its potential to grow

What Could You Win and Get Out of the Experience?

Increase Your Odds of Success

Book your place to attend workshops and talks to gain essential insights into freelancing, starting or 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:

WeNetwork are running a series of events this term to help you with your application. Sign up to the WeNetwork newsletter to be the first to know when new events are published.

Big Idea Video Clinic - How to Make a Compelling Pitch Video

Monday, February 14, 2022, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Join our video clinic with Riaz Gomez to find out more on how to create a compelling pitch video.

Pitch Clinics – Ideation and Acceleration

Ideation & Acceleration, Thursday, March 10, 2022, 1:45 - 5:00 pm

Join our pitch clinics to get guidance on pitching across the different categories. 

Pitch Clinics – Freelance

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 1:45 - 5:00 pm  

Join our pitch clinics to get guidance on pitching across the different categories.

WeNetwork Mixer: Freelance, Ideate, Accelerate 

Wednesday 9 Mar 2022, 5:30 – 7:30pm 

Join our WeNetwork Mixer to find out more about the competition, hear from participants in previous Big Idea competitions, have your questions answered in a live Q&A and enter a prize draw!  

Big Idea Video Clinic – Drop in Video Pitch Feedback Session

Wednesday, March 16th 2022, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Join our video clinic drop-in session with Riaz Gomez to get feedback on your video pitch from peers. 

Book a one-to-one session

Select the ‘WeNetwork – Explore Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Appointment’ on Engage to talk through your Big Idea application

Book a one-to-one session with a member of staff from WeNetwork to talk through your application. We will cover any questions, issues and give guidance related to the Big Idea competition and general enquiries you have on business or freelancing.