Santander Business Competition

  • The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards has grown to be one of the UK’s largest student and graduate pitching competitions, since its launch in 2011. Oxford Brookes has entered teams in the competition every year and has reached the finals on no less than six occasions. Winning entrepreneurs are rewarded with cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support.

    For 2018 a total of over £90,000 worth of equity-free seed funding is available from Santander, with mentoring support and exclusive access to an accelerator week.

    This year participants can take part in one of two categories. They are

    • Technology business
    • Non-technology business

    Each of the more than 80 partner universities can submit a maximum of one entry per category.

    Santander Entrepreneurship Awards Information 2018

    Those who have applied for the Brookes Enterprise Support Awards will be automatically considered to go forward for selection to represent Oxford Brookes at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Any other students who are interested should contact enterprise-support@brookes.ac.uk by 20th March.

    You can download an information pack for the 2018 competition here which will give you a good indication of what is involved.

    Santander Entrepreneurship Awards Information Pack 2018

    Key dates are:

    • Competition launch January 2018
    • On-campus events and competitions January 2017 to April 2018
    • Screening 30 April to 11 May 2018
    • Shortlist announced 15 May 2018
    • Regional heats 25 to 29 June 2018
    • Accelerator week 16 to 20 July 2018
    • National final 4 October 2018

    The 2017 competition finals were held early in October and Oxford Automotive Solutions represented Brookes in the People’s Choice category. You can see the video entry of their business proposal here.