With so many business plan and pitching competitions going on it can be difficult for entrepreneurs to keep track of them, so here at LAUNCH.ed we decided to put together a list of competitions that are relevant to Scottish startups. The list is not exhaustive and we are keen to hear about any more that we might have missed, so please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can update us!
For each competition we have listed the initial deadline, prize value and a link to the website. In some cases, only the month for the deadline is included because the exact date had not been advertised at the time of writing. We have kept Scottish startups in mind when compiling this list but many are open to entrepreneurs across the UK and we hope that the list is useful to a wide network of people. We would advise you to check the eligibility requirements before applying for any competition because, although many are open to all, they can vary in regard to age, industry area and student status.
The competitions are quite different in terms of application process, prize value and method. Some of them will only require a couple of hours of your time to apply and others may take days, though of course it is up to you how long you spend on your application and to assess if the time investment is worth it. Don’t feel that you have to apply for them all!
If you are an Edinburgh University student, member of staff or recent alumnus (within 2-3 years) and you would like to discuss your business idea or any of the competitions listed below then feel free to get in touch with us at LAUNCH.ed. We run training courses and workshops and several of our companies have gone on to win a number of these competitions.
Pitching & Business Plan Competitions
|Shell Livewire (monthly)||31/x/13||£1K||http://www.shell-livewire.org/awards/awards-start|
|LAUNCH.ed Innovation Cup||24/5/13||£5K||http://www.launch.ed.ac.uk/contact.aspx|
|Young Innovator’s challenge (SIE)||31/5/13||up to £50K||http://www.sie.ac.uk/about-sie/sie-activities/young-innovators-challenge.aspx|
|Cambridge Elevator Kickstart||14/6/12||Package worth £17K||http://www.cambridgeelevator.com/KickStart.aspx|
|The Pitch||30/6/13||Package worth £50K||http://www.thepitchuk.com/|
|UK European Satellite Navigation Competition||30/6/13||£5K + package||http://ukesnc.com/|
|RBS Enterprising you||19/7/13||£25K, 10K, 5K||http://www.enterprisingu.com/|
|James Dyson Award - engineering/ product design||01/8/13||£30K + 10K (& 2nd, 3rd)||http://jump.dexigner.com/directory/2498|
|Discovering startups||15/8/12||package worth £4K||http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/dsu/|
|Edinburgh E Club Santander||November 2013||£1K||http://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/eclub/competitions|
|LAUNCH.ed Business Ideas Competition||December 2013||iPad, Kindle, iPod||http://www.launch.ed.ac.uk/contact.aspx|
|Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards||January 2014||£10K||http://www.lloydstsbenterpriseawards.com/|
Social Enterprise Competitions
|Santander SEDA||June 2013||£50K||http://www.santanderseda.co.uk/|
|British Innovation Gateway||21/6/13||£100K||https://www.thebigawards.co.uk/|
|Q Prize||late 2013||£100K||https://qualcommventures.com/qprize/|
We hope that this list is useful and good luck!