For students

Business Ideas Competition

Entering a business competition is a great way to raise money to launch your business or social venture.

Do you have an idea for a business or social enterprise? Tell us all about it and you could win part of £500! 

It's that simple.

Describe your idea, tell us what makes it special, what stage you are at and who are the potential customers.

Enter now 


This competition is always open so if you miss this deadline, you'll be considered at the next deadline. £500 in funding is available every month! 

Key dates 

Month Applications open Deadline Winners announced
April Closed Closed 7 May
Summer 1 May 31 August 17 September 

This competition is for current students and recent graduates (within the last two years) from the University of Edinburgh. 

Please keep to the word limits and do not provide external supporting evidence such as links. 

We are looking for projects that will benefit from this level of support, and are at the 'idea' stage of development, although this doesn't necessarily disqualify businesses that have already formed. In order to accept the funds, you will need to agree that you will spend the money working on your business idea, and that you will continue working with Edinburgh Innovations to further develop the idea. 


Next deadline: 31 August 2021


The Business Ideas Competition was a great opportunity for us to kick-start and validate our startup concept. We at ROBOCEAN: Ecosystem Engineering cannot wait to use our prize money to develop our prototype and save our seagrass."

Niall McGrath - Robocean co-founderSeptember 2020 winner