New Ventures Competition

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If you have a well developed business idea and you're ready to go, or if you have already launched a new business or social enterprise, enter NEW VENTURES and you could win a £10,000 cash prize to help you on your way!

NEW VENTURES will help accelerate your plan for a business or social enterprise and help unleash the full potential of your idea. Previous winners and entrants of our competition have gone on to be offered investment on BBC's Dragon's Den, secure significant funding elsewhere, and are continuing to grow their companies successfully.

New Ventures can be where it all starts for you!

Prizes:  1st - £10,000 cash, 2nd - £5,000 cash, 3rd - £1,000 cash!

NEW AWARD FOR 2014-15: "Best Idea for Commercialising your research", sponsored by Enterprise Campus. Prize: £2500 and additional support from Enterprise Campus.

NEW VENTURES 2014-15 is now live! For full information on how to enter, download the competition guidelines. Your complete entry (business summary/plan AND entry form) must be received by Thursday 29th January 2015.

Please note that to be eligible for the "Best Idea for Commercialising your Research" award, entrants have to be current postgraduate students studying at a university in Scotland.


The winners of the 2013-14 NEW VENTURES competition were announced at the SIE Student Enterprise Summit on March 19th 2014.

The winners were:


You can see official photography from the summit on our Facebook page. Recordings of the speaker sessions and some special behind-the-scenes videos are available on our Youtube channel.