Funding Competitions

Chairs from the BBC programme Dragons Den

Chairs from the BBC programme Dragons Den

With so many business funding competitions going on it can be difficult to keep track of them, so we decided to put together a list of competitions that you can enter.

For each competition we have listed the initial deadline, prize value and a link to the website. In some cases, only the month for the deadline is included because the exact date had not been advertised at the time of writing.

We would advise you to check the eligibility requirements before applying for any competition because, although many are open to all, they can vary in regard to age, industry area and student status.

The competitions are quite different in terms of application process, prize value and method. Some of them will only require a couple of hours of your time to apply and others may take days, though of course it is up to you how long you spend on your application and to assess if the time investment is worth it. Don’t feel that you have to apply for them all!

If you are a Cardiff University student, member of staff or recent alumnus (within 5 years) and you would like to discuss your business idea or any of the competitions listed then feel free to get in touch with us. We run training courses and workshops and several of our companies have gone on to win a number of these competitions.

The list is not exhaustive and we are keen to hear about any more that we might have missed enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk

Competition Deadline Prizes Website
Shell Livewire (monthly) 31/x/13 £1K http://www.shell-livewire.org/awards/awards-start
Bioquarter competition 31/3/13 £10K/5K/iPads www.bqinnovation.com
Digital Innovation Contest Education (TSB) 8/4/13 up to £48K https://connect.innovateuk.org
RBS Enterprising you 19/7/13 £25K, 10K, 5K http://www.enterprisingu.com/
The Pitch August 2013 Package worth £50K http://www.thepitchuk.com/
James Dyson Award – engineering/ product design August 2013 £10K + 10K (& 2nd, 3rd) http://jump.dexigner.com/directory/2498
Discovering start-ups November 2013 package worth £2K http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/dsu/
Cardiff University Enterprise Spark Ideas Competition April Package worth £5k See our website
Innovation Challenge November £1000 for student society
PBS International Competition 31/05/2013 £2K + 2 iPads  www.pbsinternational.co.uk/competition
Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards January 2014 £10K http://www.lloydstsbenterpriseawards.com/
Social Enteprrise
Competition Deadline Prizes Website
Richmond’s den 7/5/13 Package worth £10K http://www.richmondsden.co.uk/
Santander SEDA August 2013 £50K http://www.santanderseda.co.uk/
Over £100, 000
Competition Deadline Prizes Website
British Innovation Gateway Spring 2013 £100K https://www.thebigawards.co.uk/
Q Prize Aug-13 £100K https://qualcommventures.com/qprize/