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FUEL is the perfect opportunity for future entrepreneurs and anyone passionate about driving social and environmental change. It’s all about using a mix of funding, knowledge and mentoring to achieve your goals.
The FUEL awards returns for 2020. Be the entrepreneur you were meant to be. It all starts with your mindset. Sign up and win your share of £20,000 to invest in your idea or existing business, apply now. Read our information pack for further details.
This year's themes are :
Digital & TechnologyDo you think that your app, hardware or online product has the potential to change the status quo? This theme looks at innovative digital and technological concepts.
Creative & Design Does your business flourish with creative flair? Are you looking to launch your freelance career? This theme welcomes entries from crafts and music to marketing and publishing, the creative industries are exciting and varied.
Health & Well-beingIs your idea looking to improve the population’s health? Does it address the wider issues of well-being? This theme recognises and celebrates a wide range of activities that empower communities and individuals.
Social Impact & EnvironmentIs your business making the world a better place? This theme is for ethically and environmentally conscious businesses that positively impact the society and/or the environment.
Based on the caliber of business ideas, the amount of money awarded will be at the judge's discretion on the night. The winners will be awarded across the all themes. A share of 20k:
1st Prize up to £10k
2nd Prize up to £6k
3rd prize up to £4k
People’s choice prize: £500
Each winner will be given a place on the Catalyst 2020 summer accelerator to receive further training, plus be in with a chance to win a share of £20,000 cash prize (subject to completing the accelerator programme and pitching to win a share of this additional investment). Click here for more information about Catalyst.
Organised by the Brookes Enterprise Support team and supported by Santander Universities UK. Interested in getting involved? FUEL is open to students, staff, and recent graduates of Oxford Brookes University. You can apply individually or as a team. Although community members can be included in the team, we require that the person leading the project and managing the funding is a Brookes student, staff, or recent graduate.
You’ll also need to make sure you only submit projects that you have the right intellectual property (IP) rights for.
Based on the caliber of business ideas, the amount of money awarded will be at the judge's discretion on the night. The winners will be awarded across the all themes.
A share of £20k:1st prize up to £10k2nd prize up to £6k3rd prize up to £4k
Apply now »
Week 79 March 202013 March 2020
18 March 202020 March 202022 March 2020
Semi-Finalist InterviewsFinalists announcedWorkshop - Storytelling and pitching workshop
Week 923-27 March 202025 March 2020
Workshop - Individual Pitch rehearsalsWorkshop - Documents and Pitch Decks
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