Enterprise support

The FUEL Awards 2019! Applications now open!

Thursday, 24 January 2019


Fancy a share of £20,000? Five lucky winners, across five unique categories will receive £3,000 funding towards the development of their business idea! Our FUEL Awards 2019 applications are now open (but you don’t have long, applications close on February 18th!!)

Once a year we give students, staff and recent graduates the chance to win £3,000 to support their business idea in our annual Idea Pitching Competition. Now, this may sound scary, but trust me on this one, it's not! This competition is the perfect opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to practise their pitching, get funding, and kick start their ideas. Applicants will also receive 1:1 mentoring with the team to ensure your application is awesome.

We have 5 categories of award this year, and yes that does mean that 5 people will get £3,000! So we really mean it when we say there is something for everyone. Check out the categories below! 

The Innovative Concept Award - This celebrates individuals or teams at the pre-launch stage who have developed an innovative and viable business or social enterprise idea, and have proven their concept.

The New Business Award - This award recognises startups that are actively trading, and have launched products or services in the last 24 months.

The Digital & Tech Award - If you think your app, hardware or online product has the potential to change the status quo, then we want to see your application and help you on your way.

The Creative & Design Award - This category welcomes entries from those whose businesses require a creative flair or for someone looking to launch their freelance career.

The Social Impact & Green Business Award - Is your business helping the world become a better place? This category supports ethically and environmentally conscious businesses that positively impact the society and/or the environment.

Please note that each category winner will receive £3,000 funding, and the runner up will receive £1,000.

Not only is their funding up for grabs, but the lucky winners will win a spot on our summer accelerator programme, Catalyst, and will even have the chance to enter the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards (more funding and more support, ummm yes please to that!)

Click here for our FUEL Awards page, which holds all you need to know about your application and the application itself!!

As per usual, the Enterprise Support Team are here to help you - so do ping us an email to say hello at enterprise-support@brookes.ac.uk

Before you go, don’t forget our events for semester 2 are LIVE, click here to grab your ticket (did we mention they’re FREE?!)