Get involved

Successful businesses aren't often built in isolation. At NTU, we offer events and challenges to help inspire new ideas, and introduce you to new people and new ways of thinking.

Even the most dynamic entrepreneurs had help somewhere down the line. At NTU, we know that you've got the talent to make something happen. That's why we offer events, conferences and clubs for those who are looking for a boost, a potential collaborator, or an exciting new direction.

Our programme will help you:

  • Share, meet and learn with other inspiring people
  • Get access to knowledge, support, and contacts
  • Hear inspiring and informative advice from people who have been there before
  • Keep up to date with opportunities for partnerships and funding

Even when you're going solo, you're not alone.

Here's a sample of what's on offer:

Spark

Our partnership with Santander will help you transform your idea into a viable business. Students can access startup advice, skills development, workshops and up to £10,000 in funding.

Find out more by visiting the Spark website.

NTU Entrepreneurs Club

If you've got an interest in entrepreneurship, you can meet like-minded self-starters and gather guidance and contacts at our Entrepreneurs Club. It doesn't cost anything to join, and offers events and socials for those looking to start a business with a difference. These range from advice on crowd funding to app development. You don't even need to have an idea to get involved.

Find out more about NTU Entrepreneurs Club or join their Facebook group.

Competitions

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Santander Universities hosts an annual business pitching competition called the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Participants from Santander's partner universities compete for a share of £90,000 worth of equity-free seed funding, mentoring and support.

NACUE TATA Varsity Pitch Competition

The concept of the NACUE TATA Varsity Pitch competition is to actively support early stage students and graduate startups throughout their entrepreneurial journey, providing them with access to support, mentors and the opportunity to compete for a prize pot of £15,000.

Enterprise Nation: Next Generation

The Next Generation Awards powered by Enterprise Trust, provide aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16-30 the opportunity to pitch their business idea in front of a panel of expert judges and win business prizes including £2,500 cash investment.

IPSE Awards

Every year IPSE searches for the UK’s best independent professionals that represent the expertise and diversity of freelancing. Categories include Young Freelancers of the year for under 23 year olds, Freelancer of the Year for established freelancers as well as awards for the best co-working spaces and universities for the self-employed to look out for.

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs

The DBACE programme aims to enable and celebrate creative entrepreneurship for social good led by 18-30-year olds in the UK today. In 2019, the bank is working with MeWe360 to find the best young talent wanting to drive positive social impact through their creative enterprise.

£50,000 prize fund, £100,000 worth of business support, 5 winners.

RSOC – Emerging Technologies

The RSOC annual innovation competition supports early-stage companies and academic entrepreneurs with the commercialisation of their technologies in the fields of health, materials, energy and food. Offering £10,000 and world-class mentoring and support, including a Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Education Weekend for shortlisted entrants.

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