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 below.


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Mike McLeod, Santander winner

Ronjon Nag Entrepreneurship Competition

Calling all budding entrepreneurs. Fancy winning £5,000? Commercialisation expert wants to help you bring your ideas to life.

Ronjon Nag Entrepreneurship Competition

University of Birmingham alumnus, Ronjon Nag (Electrical Engineering 1984) has created a £5,000 prize for a student tech project or business idea with the strongest commercial potential.

Who can enter?

You can enter an early stage start-up idea or project that you have completed as an undergraduate final year project, MSc individual project or PhD project. The key criteria for submissions is that projects involve technology but e-commerce ideas are also welcome. 

Team entries are allowed and you must obtain permission from your supervisor before making an application. For example, last year’s finalist projects included a cyclist road condition monitor and a face recogniser FPGA. The competition is also open to 2020 graduates who graduated this summer.

Deadline for entries Thursday 27 May 2021.

Visit the competition page via the link below for full details.

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.

Engineers in Business competition available to UoB students

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.

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.


Apply to be part of '5G in 5Days' (West Midlands 5G)

Make your passion for innovation a reality by becoming an ambassador for the West Midlands by exploring how 5G is set to revolutionise our lives.

Do you want to explore 5G and how it is changing the way we use devices, connectivity and data?  By opening up a world of exciting possibilities across business, transport, healthcare and manufacturing, to name a few, 5G will impact our day to day lives.

Apply for West Midlands 5G's opportunity to explore '5G in 5Days'

  • Are you passionate about digital technology and its potential to change how we work, live and play?
  • Are you interested in bringing your ideas and interests to life and utilising cutting-edge technology to improve the lives of our communities?
  • Do you want access to a brand-new opportunity for young people in the region?

Apply today to join West Midlands 5G on their 5G in 5 Days programme.


The Birmingham Project

The Birmingham Project is the University's most exciting opportunity exclusively for undergraduate first year students!

The Bham Project Lock Up (colour)

Working as part of an interdisciplinary team, students tackle a 'real-world' challenge by conducting research and creating innovative online resource. Participants gain invaluable skills and experience which will benefit their studies and set them apart when applying for internships and jobs.

The project was piloted in 2013/14 with 60 students taking part and due to its success, it was expanded to take 200-300 students in 2014/15 and 2015/16. In 2016/17 we saw our largest number of participants with 300-400 students taking part.

When does the project take place?

The Project takes place during the final two weeks of the summer term, after the exam period.The Birmingham Project 2019/20 will take place from 8 - 19 June 2020 (excluding weekends).Who can participate?The project is exclusively available to first year undergraduate students. 

What does the project involve?

Working in a mixed discipline group (up to 10 students per group), students will tackle one of several 'real-world' challenges which are set by our Challenge Leads (usually a University of Birmingham Academic) and our external business partners. Examples of last year's challenge titles, based around five diverse themes.

Project Fortnight

The project will run from Monday 14 - Friday 25 June 2021. Click on the link to access the Birmingham Project website.


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