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    • Fuel Awards 2020
  • FUEL Awards

  • 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.

    This year's themes are :

    Digital & Technology
    Do 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-being
    Is 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 & Environment
    Is 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.


    Prizes:

    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 £10k
      2nd prize up to £6k
      3rd prize  up to £4k

      People’s choice prize: £500

    • a place on Catalyst 2020 summer accelerator to further develop your idea and pitch to win more funding
    • winners may also be selected to enter the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards competition for a chance to win additional funding and support from Santander
    • earn points towards Brookes ID
    • access to ongoing support including mentoring.
    • This competition is open to Brookes students (including Oxford Brookes' partner colleges), staff and recent graduates (graduated within last 3 years)
    • Welcoming applications for pre-launch ideas and existing businesses (check out the themes)
    • Individuals and team applications are welcome
    • Download our information pack (keep your eyes peeled for the 2020 pack)
    • Book a 1:1 consultation to receive guidance before you apply.
    • Download our information pack to get the full details (Keep your eyes peeled for our 2020 pack)
    • Submit your application using the online form below

    Apply now »

    • Attend our events to find build your founding team and boost your knowledge
    • Submit your application by 12 noon, Monday 9th March
    • Practice and perfect your pitch at a training workshops between Sunday 22 March - Monday 30 March
    • Pitch your idea to an audience and panel of judges in the Finals on 31st March
    • Download our information pack to keep track of all these details (keep your eyes peeled for our 202 information pack)
    • We recommend that you book a 1:1 consultation if you have any questions about the FUEL Awards or about developing your idea.
    Dates Description
    SEMESTER 1
    From November 2019 onwards Competition launches (promotion)
    SEMESTER 2
    Week 1
    27 January 2020
    Support & guidance before you submit your application
    Week 2
    3 February 2020
    Support & guidance before you submit your application
    Week 3
    10 February 2020
    Support & guidance before you submit your application
    Week 4
    17 February 2020
    Support & guidance before you submit your application
    Week 5
    24 February 2020
    Support & guidance before you submit your application
    Week 6
    2 March 2020
    Support & guidance before you submit your application

    Week 7
    9 March 2020
    13 March 2020

    Application Deadline
    Semi-Finalists Announced
    Week 8

    18 March 2020
    20 March 2020
    22 March 2020


    Semi-Finalist Interviews
    Finalists announced
    Workshop - Storytelling and pitching workshop

    Week 9
    23-27 March 2020
    25 March 2020

    Workshop - Individual Pitch rehearsals
    Workshop - Documents and Pitch Decks

    Week 10

    31 March 2020

    FUEL Awards and Gala Dinner
     

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