Enterprise Challenge final: From idea to opportunity.

Posted on 10th April 2013

The final of this year’s University of Chester and Santander Universities Enterprise Challenge is set to take place on Tuesday, April 23.

The high standard of entries received demonstrates the talent here at the University. It is really pleasing to be able to encourage the entrepreneurs of the future
Connie Hancock

This prestigious event, funded by Santander Universities, is now in its third year and offers students the opportunity to win a first prize of £1,000 for an innovative business idea that has the potential to be developed into a business opportunity. 

The competition was open to all registered students at the University and entrants simply needed to explain what the idea was, why it is needed, who it is for and how it will create value in 800 words or less. As well as the winning prize money, a runner up award is also on offer.

The competition judges this year are from various business sectors and will consider the finalist’s pitches on April 23 in an exciting event that takes place throughout the day in the Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning at the University. The students will deliver their idea through Dragons Den style pitches.

Connie Hancock, Programme Leader for Business Management and Entrepreneurship, said: “We have received applications from across the University and the judges face an extremely daunting task in selecting the finalists. I’d like to thank the judges, Mark Collinson of Tata Steel, Joanne Mason of the Stroke Association, Nick Clarke of Aaron and Partners and Sam Gadsby of Clicky Media for generously giving their time to evaluate the competition entries and pitches.”

Following the pitching, this year’s winner will be revealed at the Awards’ Dinner, a lively celebration of entrepreneurial endeavour, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Tim Wheeler, with business leaders and academics in attendance.

Connie added: “The high standard of entries received demonstrates the talent here at the University. It is really pleasing to be able to encourage the entrepreneurs of the future.”