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Santander Universities Enterprise Awards 2017

The University of Cambridge, as one of the Santander UK partner universities, is calling for entries to the 2017 Santander Universities Enterprise 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 partner¹. It rewards student and graduate entrepreneurs by offering cash prizes, mentoring and startup support. Since the competition's launch, more than £260,000 has been awarded to startups and small businesses. In 2017 there is a total of £82,000 on offer, as well as a range of other great prizes!

About the competition

This year participants can take part in one of the following two categories:

  1. Pre-revenue category: This is defined as a business focusing on ideation, discovery and business validation with minimal sales generated (if any).
  2. Post-revenue category: This is defined as a business focusing on efficiency and scale with regular sales being generated.

Stage 1: You and your idea

  • Submit a two-minute video, outlining the idea behind the business and how it came about
  • Provide a business model canvas (template issued by Santander) providing an insight into the inner workings of your idea or business.

Please note the deadline for Stage 1 submission is Sunday 23 April 2017. Regional heats will be held in June 2017.

All submissions must come via Cambridge Judge Business School's Entrepreneurship Centre.

Application clinic

You can now book your one-to-one application clinic slot on Friday 21 April at the Entrepreneurship Centre. 20 minute slots are available between 11:00 – 14:00. If you are interested in attending this session please contact


The awards are a fantastic accolade. In addition to the support and funding I received, the award gave huge credibility to my business.
2015's winner Rebecca Pick of startup Pick Protection

Rebecca won after developing the Personal Guardian, a wearable personal alarm that can be activated if the user feels under threat and links directly to the police if an attack is taking place.

Robin Foale, Managing Director at Santander Universities UK said: "An increasing number of students are looking to take the plunge and launch their own business ventures and at Santander we want to reward and encourage this drive and enthusiasm with cash prizes and mentoring. This year we have also partnered with Talent Cupboard who will help to give these businesses a digital edge."

¹About Santander Universities

Santander has been collaborating with universities for more than 20 years on a unique global initiative which sets the bank apart from other national and international banks and financial institutions. The bank supports the higher education sector in such areas as teaching and research, international cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer, entrepreneurial initiatives, student mobility and innovation. Santander has signed collaboration agreements with over 1,200 academic institutions from America, Asia and Europe. Santander is already collaborating with 80 British universities with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities, employability and the mobility of students and researchers within the network. View a list of all eligible universities.

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Deadline for stage 1 submission: 23 April 2017

All submissions must come via the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre.

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