Engineers in Business Competition

The University of Birmingham is collaborating with Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIBF) to provide students with the opportunity to enter the 2021 Engineers in Business Competition.

The Engineers in Business Competition Prize Fund is specifically for undergraduate and graduate engineers. It seeks to increase the participation levels in business courses or business competitions by engineering undergraduates/graduates.  EIBF does this because it believes that encouraging more commercial education for undergraduate and graduate engineers is good for engineers and the economy.

Engineers in Business competition available to UoB students

This year, the University of Birmingham is hosting an internal competition with a chance to win a share of the £3,000 prize fund. Winners of the internal competition, will be entered into the Champion of Champions Final for a chance to compete for a national prize of a £10,000 prize pot. Applications can be on an individual basis or you can enter as a team.

University of Birmingham competition prizes

  • £1,500 awarded to the winning team
  • £1,000 awarded to the second place team
  • £500 awarded to the third place team

The overall winning team (or individual) in each university competition/module may apply to Engineers in Business Fellowship to be assigned a Sainsbury Management Fellow as a mentor to provide support for a period of time agreed between the mentor and mentee.

The overall winner will be entered by the university into the Champion of Champions Grand Final hosted by the Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIBF). The winners will share £10,000 in cash prizes and other prizes. 

How do I apply?

Step 1. Create your short video

Your video should address the following points and include any additional material that supports your idea:

  • the originality of your idea
  • how your idea addresses a need in society
  • clearly defined target audiences and the benefits of the innovation
  • the viability of the idea and how that is communicated
  • your video should be no longer than 4 minutes

For further support on creating your video please attend the following workshop:
Writing a great 60 second pitch workshop - Wednesday 26 May 2021 (14:00 - 16:00)

Please check the Video Logistics section of the Engineers in Business website for further guidance

Step 2. Create your A2 poster

Plan your content

Your poster should promote your innovation. Take time to explain why the innovation is needed, who it is aimed at, how it will impact/make a difference to the target audience/society. You won’t have a lot of space so be sure to identify the key points that you wish to present.

Include key information

Remember to Include all the key information requested by EIBC: the team leader’s name, university name and email address as well as the name of the innovation/project, and any branding you have developed.

Think about your design

As with your video, it is important that your poster is visually appealing. It is a lot easier to read and understand something if it looks good. Again, ask around your team or friends to find the best person for the design job. Above all, avoid dominating your poster with dense text. Try and be as concise as you can – summary and bullet points are your watch words!

Please check the Poster Logistics section of the Engineers in Business website for further guidance

Step 3. Create your 'Business Model Canvas' 

You may have used the Business Model Canvas within your course/competition to develop your business idea. If so, you simply need to use your previous experience to prepare this for your entry. If you have not used a Business Model Canvas template before, you can refer to the guidance.

For further clarity on creating your Business Model Canvas please join us for a workshop:
Business Model Canvas workshop - Wednesday 19 May 2021 (14:00 - 16:00)

Step 4.

Fill in your personal details on the submission form. Please upload your short video, poster template and Business Model Canvas on the submission form below.

 

Competition Timeline

University of Birmingham competition - Key dates

  • Business Model Canvas workshop - Wednesday 19 May 2021 (14:00 - 16:00)
  • Writing a great 60 second pitch workshop - Wednesday 26 May 2021 (14:00 - 16:00)
  • UoB competition deadline - Sunday 20 June 2021 (23:59)
  • Competition Pitch final - Wednesday 14 July 2021
  • Winners announced - End of July 2021

National competition - Key dates

Champion of Champion Final - August 2021

Eligibility

  • UoB Graduates are eligible to apply (up to five years since graduating)
  • If you are entering as a team, you must ensure at least one member is from an Engineering related subject

Please refer to the Engineers in Business competition FAQs here for further guidance

 

Engineers in Business Competition - Champion of Champions 2020 video

If you have any questions regarding the competition or the process to enter it please contact us at benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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