Enterprising events and competitions

Being enterprising is about doing things and what better way to start than by entering yourself into a competition or attending one of our events.

Be inspired, be daring and find out about the latest opportunities.


Find out about the latest events below (student login or graduate account required).

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Mike McLeod, Santander winner

The Keyloop Automotive Technology Competition

The University of Birmingham are running a competition for students in partnership with Keyloop Dealer Tech who are looking for your innovative automotive ideas or to put it more simply, a solution to making the experience of driving or owning a car better.

There is £1,000 up for grabs for the winning University of Birmingham individual or team and the winner will be entered in the national competition for a chance to win £10,000. There is also mentoring and product support available from Keyloop Dealer Tech to help make your idea come to life.

Keyloop Dealer Tech competition video

View the video transcript here

The Keyloop Automotive Technology Competition (Dealer Tech) represents an opportunity for university students to develop innovative tech-focused product ideas that can make an impact in the automotive industry. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about buying or owning a car just yet, we have resources, industry experts, learning materials and mentors to help you turn your great idea into a winning product.

We are looking for future-focused, forward-looking solutions from the next generation of thought leaders. We encourage students to create new technology ideas, challenge conventional thinking and excite the automotive industry. If you think you have a new and creative idea that can help improve a process in a car dealership, improve the car buying and ownership experience for consumers or harness the power of new technology, we’d love for you to take part.

The Dealer Tech competition is much more than just a competition. It is an opportunity to team up with your friends (or make new ones!), to network with industry professionals, gain new skills and knowledge and win big prizes.


The competition is open to all University of Birmingham undergraduates and Masters students. You can enter as an individual or as a team.

Key Dates

To enter the competition you will need to register by the deadline date of Monday 18 October 2021

  • Product Idea Proposal registration - 18 October 2021
  • Product Idea Development Phase deadline - 31 January 2022
  • University Judging Days - 14 - 25 February 2022
  • Nationa Final Judging Day - 10 March 2022
  • National Winner annonced - 14 March 2022

See more information about the key dates here



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The Creator Fund

The Creator Fund competition brings together the most exciting university founders from across the UK.

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Compete against other startups in your region and then win the chance to join us for our UK-wide Demo Day. Participants get access to workshops about starting and scaling a business. The Demo Day is a pitch in front of leading VCs. We crown the UK’s best student startup and winners receive prizes including:

  • £3000 of cash prizes (no equity)
  • Free office space for a year
  • £20,000 SEIS investment
  • One-to-one free IP and legal support for all finalists.

All you need is a deck to apply. You must be a student or academic at a UK university. Applications close on July 4th. 



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