Over the past 7 years the Varsity Pitch Competition has celebrated and rewarded some of the best businesses being created by students in the UK.
It is a three-stage competition combining an online public vote, an expert bootcamp, and a grand finale in front of the media, representatives from government, and business leaders.
The winning business will receive £10,000 cash (equity-free) as well as a huge range of opportunities, and the kudos which comes from winning a long-running national competition.
Who can apply?
The competition is open to current UK college / university students, as well as those who have graduated since 2011.
You can submit your startup under one of 7 categories;
Tata Disruptive- for businesses which are completely changing the way that something is done
Tata Social Impact- for social enterprises or businesses which are ethically conscience
Genuine Innovation with Microsoft- for businesses with something completely unique or improving something.
Creative and Design- for businesses which require a creative flair
Digital and Technical- for apps, hardware, and online products
Ideas with the University of Westminster- for would-be entrepreneurs with an idea that could grow into a great business.
People’s Vote with Lloyds Banking Group- An online Vote will see the business with the highest number of votes in the application stage get fast tracked to the final! (you don’t need to opt into this category as every team will be automatically eligible)
Applications opened on 12th May and will close again at midday on Friday 16th September, you can pop over here for more information and to make your application now.
Check out the video below on last year's competition for an idea of what you can expect from being involved.
Mi-IDEA Manchester Networking Event
27th Sep 2016
The teams from CISCO and Manchester Science Partnerships have teamed up to create Mi-IDEA, a post-accelerator designed to foster and nurture digital innovation in the North West of England.