Enterprise Challenge

Find out what the Enterprise Challenge is, when it takes place, and who can enter.

What is the Enterprise Challenge?

The Enterprise Challenge is an annual competition that provides mentoring, training and funding for entrepreneurial students who want to pursue an idea.  All students and recent graduates of up to two years out are eligible to apply; and you don't need any prior business experience to take part.

There are two streams that you can apply for – a Social Stream, if your business will have a positive environmental or social impact (you can still generate a profit through this stream), and a Commercial Stream, for any general business idea.

Applicants will receive free 1-1 advice, training activities, mentoring, and the chance to win generous cash prizes to help you to build your enterprise.

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Prizes

This year, our wonderful prizes are:

  • Greenwich Entrepreneur of the Year - £5000 cash prize
    The top prize, decided by our judging panel. The winner of this prize has polished their idea and proven that their business has a strong model which will be successful in the future.
  • Commercial Category Winner - £2500 cash prize
    A prize for the idea most likely to go and make a profit. You will developed a strong business plan throughout the competition and are ready to make some cash.
  • Social Category Winner - £2500 cash prize
    Not every idea is for profit. If you're planning a social entreprise to give back to the community, and have developed this idea with us, then this prize is for you.
  • People's Choice Award - Best Pitch £500 cash prize
    Completely decided by the audience, this prize is reserved for the pitch that convinces everyone in the attendance that their idea are great, so make sure your personality shines during your pitches.
  • People's Choice Award - Most Social Impact £500 cash prize
    Completely decided by the audience, this prize is reserved for the pitch that convinces everyone in the attendance that their idea has the most social impact.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, take a look at this page:  Application Stage 1

If you would like any more information, please email us.

  • You don’t need to study business to start a business… having a great understanding of the industry you are moving into and a really interesting and innovative idea is a great starting block

    - Tom Bicknell, BSc Paramedic Science

  • My advice is be confident, don’t be afraid to take risks and network as much as you can and make the most of this.

    - Sonia Richard, MBA International Business

  • I absolutely had fun - all competitors and participants get to know each other, and it creates a really nice, vibrant and motivating atmosphere.

    - Marijus Perl, BA Business With Marketing