Engineers in Business Competition

Do you have a great idea to help impact society using engineering? The University of Birmingham is running an innovative engineering competition in partnership with the Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIBF).

The Engineers in Business Competition has so far been a transformative experience. Having started only recently to think about my idea as a potential business, I was challenged to take it to the next level and evolve it into a viable business proposal. This experience has enabled me to consider entrepreneurship as a next step in my career.

Alix Johnstone-Morfoisse, Winner of UoB Engineers in Business Competition

 

 

This year, the University of Birmingham is hosting an internal competition with a chance to win a share of the £6,000 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.

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University of Birmingham competition prizes

  • £3,000 awarded to the winning team
  • £2,000 awarded to the second place team
  • £1,000 awarded to the third place team
  • Additional awards of £500 are available for applicants with innovative ideas

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 15 June 2022.

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

Step 2: 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:
Introduction to Business Modelling workshop - Wednesday 8 June 2022

Step 3: Submission

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

 

Please note: If your entry is submitted into the grand final, you will be required to create an A2 poster in addition to your subsequent entry. Further details will be available on completion of the University of Birmingham competition.

2021 Competition Winners

In 2021, the University of Birmingham ran its very first Engineers in Business competition and included the following finalists:

Alix Morfoisse1st prize
Alix Johnstone-Morfoisse (PhD School of Physics and Astronomy)

Alix won the University of Birmingham competition with her entry Simply Radiation.

Her idea is a first of a kind tool which estimates robots' failure under radiation, by combining classic radiation modelling and failure modes with effects analysis. Alix was entered into the national competition and has since registered a business to pursue her idea into market. Read Alix's story here

 

Project Globe2nd Prize
Arushi Madan (Electronic and Electrical Engineering), Rizza Riparip - (Biomedical Materials Science), Alice Phillips (Law), Gloria Nwator (International Relations with Economics) and Abrar Hussain (Economics)

Team Project Globe entered their idea to create a mobile app that encouarages people to travel safely during and after the pandemic by keeping them informed of COVID-19 regulations, suggesting places and activities based on the users past experiences and providing an easy interface to plan hassle-free group trips.

 

3rd prize
Altitude CapitalEthan Diamond (Mathematics with Computer Science) and Alexandre Delaitre (AI and Computer Science).

Ethan and Alexandre's project called Altitude Capital seeks to create an ecosystem underpinned by a proprietary crytocurrency to bridge the gap between those who are unable to code but understand the value of algorithmic trading.

 

Joe Garrett from AuragenNational Finalist: Joe Garrett (MEng Mechanical Engineering)
In addition, Joe entered his idea seperately in the national competition and reached the final! Joe designed AuraGen a hybrid vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) that can dramatically reduce a household's CO2 footprint by about 850.5kg per year. Read about his invention

Competition Timeline

University of Birmingham competition - Key dates

National competition - Key dates

Champion of Champion Final - TBC

Eligibility

  • The competition is open to University of Birmingham students and graduates.
  • 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

Nicola Gittins - Deputy Director

Student Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, Careers Network, University of Birmingham

“We are delighted to be part of the Engineering in Business Competition and hugely grateful for the opportunities the sponsorship provides. Enterprise and entrepreneurship education has never been more important and EIB has proven to be an invaluable learning experience. It is very evident how much our aspiring engineers have gained and how effectively they have enhanced their skills through the development of genuine commercial ideas.”

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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