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New £2,500 Grand Prize and deadline extended for Westminster’s Big Idea Competition

30 January 2019

The Big Competition

The deadline to enter Westminster’s Big Idea Competition, the new contest to showcase students’ entrepreneurial spirit and potential, has been extended to Friday 15 February with a new £2,500 Grand Prize added to the prizes line-up to be won. 

The prize fund totaling £7,900 will now be divided into one £2,500 winner, four £500 winners, eight £250 runner-up winners and four £350 viral idea winners, awarded to the ideas that receive the most votes. Students must complete an online application form by 15 February to have a chance of winning one of the several prizes.

To enter, students are asked to upload a one-minute video pitch with their business idea or concept that must follow one of the four categories: Digital and Tech, Maker and Inventor, Social or Environmental Impact, and Freelance. In order to advance onto the next stage, students are responsible for promoting and marketing their idea, and encouraging their peers to vote for it.

Open to all current students, the competition has been organized by the Creative Enterprise Centre in partnership with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and is sponsored by Santander Universities UK.

Chandresh Meghji, Deputy Relationship Director at Santander Universities UK, said: “We are really proud to be able to support The Big Idea initiative. Our mission is to help people and businesses prosper and with initiatives like this, we can help those ideas become a reality.

“Our relationship with the University of Westminster goes back to 2010 and since then we have supported numerous programs and many students. We are really looking forward to seeing the best ideas come through and helping these businesses prosper. Good luck!”

The competition encourages students to explore and showcase their imagination and ability to respond to real problems, trends and needs of our modern-day society rather than focusing on finding the most developed idea or business concept.

Ideas across all fields and sectors are welcome, such as the next viral mobile app, a service for other businesses, a fashion collection, film, music festival, exhibitions, art collection, book, magazine, a community or charity project or a freelancing or consulting business.

Find out more about The Big Idea competition.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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