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Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 - Apply by 24th April

last modified Apr 14, 2016 10:27 AM

Call for entries! Apply by 24th April
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The University of Cambridge, as one of the Santander UK partner universities, is calling for entries to the 2016 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. This annual business pitching competition encourages and supports University students to be more entrepreneurial and is open to all students and graduates from a Santander UK partner university. It rewards student and graduate entrepreneurs by offering cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support. Since the competition’s launch, more than £220,000 has been awarded to start-ups and small businesses. In 2016 there is a total of £48,000 on offer, as well as a range of other great prizes.
 
This year the competition is divided into two categories:
 
New technologies and mobile applications: We’re looking for innovative mobile applications or disruptive technologies. This category includes all ideas/start-ups where a mobile application or technological solution (hardware or software) is central to the business model.
 
Important day-to-day products and services: This category essentially encapsulates everything else. As well as submissions providing important everyday products and services, we’d also love to see those with a creative background or a focus on benefiting society.
 
Each partner university can submit 2 applications per category (4 in total). For each category, partner universities can only submit 1 idea and 1 start-up entry. The criteria for both of these sub-categories are outlined below:
 
Idea entry criteria: Your idea should be supported by a full business plan, which clearly shows your intent to launch the product or service. Your business mustn’t have started trading at the time of the submission, but should be ready to launch within the year.
 
- Start-up stage criteria: Your business must have launched, but can’t have been trading for more than 5 years from the date of the submission.
 

How to apply
 
The Entrepreneurship Centre is delighted to be supporting the 2016 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.
 
Both students and graduates of the University of Cambridge are eligible to apply for the competitions. Please note that alumni must have officially graduated within two years of the date of submission. Further information can be found on the Santander website.
 
We will be shortlisting applicants to choose the best business ideas and start-ups. The final deadline for us to submit our chosen entries to Santander is 29 April 2016 (by 17:00). If you’re interested in participating, please contact Maximilian Ge by email by 24th April.
 

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