Entrepreneurship competitions for students

24 04 2008

April has been a busy month for student entrepreneurs with several major student competitions reaching their climax:

  • The HSBC Unipreneurs Grand Final was won by Luke Jefferson and Luke Walsh.  They will invest their prize of £20,000into their company, Scratchface Ltd.
  • The three overall winners of the MAD Ideas competition were: Buddy, SideKick Detect & Distract, and Nutritional Top Trumps.
  • The University of Nottingham are the 2008 SIFE UK National Champions, and will go on to represent the UK – for the second year running – at the SIFE World Cup in the autumn.
  • A team of six students from Plymouth University are celebrating, having been crowned National Champions of FLUX 2008, the largest student enterprise and employability competition in the UK.
  • In addition, the 75 regional finalists of the uuni/CII Big Idea Competition were announced.

The publicity and immediate cash value of student competitions to the winners is obvious, but entrepreneurship educators in the US are in no doubt as to the wider value of such events, as competitions for student entrepreneurs can provide valuable learning opportunities and a strong platform for connecting venture capitalists, angel investors, accountants, business development specialists and others with the student and professional audiences.

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