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The FUEL Awards are back!

Monday, 03 December 2018

FUEL Awards 2019

The Brookes Enterprise Support Awards are back – and this year with a new name. Here’s the lowdown on the FUEL Awards and how you can win up to £3,000 in cash to kick-start your idea.

This captivating competition is a perfect opportunity for future entrepreneurs who are passionate about driving social and environmental change. Open to Oxford Brookes students (including partner colleges), staff and those who have graduated within the last two years, lucky winners will receive funding, a place on the 2019 Catalyst Summer Accelerator Programme, and will even gain the chance to enter the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards, which could lead to additional capital and support from Santander.

Divided in to five categories, with £3,000 on offer for the winner in each category and £1,000 for the runner up, a staggering total of £20,000 is up for grabs to those who can impress the judges.

The Innovate Concept Award could be for you if you are an individual or team at a pre-launch stage, with a proven concept of a developed, innovative and viable business or social enterprise idea.

Have you registered a business, launched products and services and been actively trading in the past 24 months? The New Business Award is for businesses and social enterprises needing finding to achieve a specific goal to grow.

If you think your app, hardware or online product has the potential to change the status quo, apply for the Digital & Tech Award.

Or perhaps you want to make the world a better place? The Social Impact and Green Business Award is for an environmentally conscious business that is seeking to make a positive impact on society and/or the environment.

And finally, the Creative & Design Award welcomes entries from those whose businesses require creative flair or could be for someone looking to launch a freelance career.

Earlier this year, Kate Nightingale was awarded £3,000 from Brookes Enterprise Support, funding that allowed the completion of her social media platform BackApper – an innovative digital service connecting solo travellers abroad – and its subsequent launch onto Apple’s App Store.

On 10th October 2018 (World Mental Health Day), just a few months after being awarded £3,000 from Brookes Enterprise Support, Anneka Wallington launched Recognised. Her new fashion label aims to raise awareness of important social issues and what’s more, 100% of the net profit made from the sale of the brand’s statement Popons™ is donated to worthwhile causes.  

If you have an idea and need cash to get started, why not apply? The deadline for final applications is Monday 18th February. Submit as an individual or part of a team. What have you got to lose?

If you need support and advice on the application process, speak to the team at Brookes Enterprise Support. We are on hand to help throughout January and February.

After the application deadline of 18th February, semi-finalists will be announced, and candidates will be interview by a panel of judges from 25th February to 1st March. On March 6th the lucky finalists will be publicised. Mentoring, storytelling and pitching workshops will take place throughout March before final versions of pitch decks are to be submitted on 20th. At the end of the month, the pitching event will take place where ideas will be presented to an audience and panel of judges, leading to the final winners being crowned.