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! You'll also have the chance to enter into the Scottish Institute for Enterprise's monthly Fresh Ideas Competition for a chance to win further funding. 

Key dates 

Month Applications open Deadline Winners announced
September 31 August 4 October 19 October
October 5 October 1 November 13 November
November 2 November 29 November 11 December
December 30 November 31 January TBC


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.