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Business Ideas Competition

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

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Win a share of £1,000 from Edinburgh Innovations, just for telling us about your idea. 

Do you have an idea for a business, social enterprise, charity, or freelancing proposition? Tell us all about it and you could win money to work on your idea.

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

Who can apply?

  • Any and all current students and recent graduates (within the last two years) from the University of Edinburgh. 
  • If you have won a Business Ideas Competition in the past, you cannot win again with the same idea but you can  enter and win with a different idea. 

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 are already formed and/or trading. Ideas will be judged based on being 'at idea stage', as well as overall desirability, viability, feasibility, and sustainability.

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. 

You will also receive an email by the end of the week following the announcement, with the results of your application and feedback from judges. 

Now closed. Will return in Semester one. 


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


Winner's Announcement 

Join us to discover the winners of the competition, hear from a student entrepreneur with a fireside chat style event and celebrate! All are welcome. 

Now closed. 


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