Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019

The University of Birmingham is looking for student and graduate businesses to enter the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019. In 2011, Santander launched the University Entrepreneurship Awards. This has grown into one of the UK's largest student and graduate pitching competitions. Entrepreneurs are rewarded with a mixture of cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support. So far, Santander have given away £420,000 to start-ups and small businesses.

You don't have to have a registered business to apply. Whether you have a business or not, you can apply. This is open to anyone with a registered business or anyone with a great idea for one!

Following the success of last year, the University of Birmingham is collaborating with Santander to find two of our top businesses to represent the University of Birmingham.


  • A total £90,000 worth of equity free seed funding
  • Mentoring and support from business experts
  • Exclusive access to an accelerator week

Santander Entrepreneurship Awards


2019 Competition

The University of Birmingham will enter two businesses into the competition, selected from student and graduate business entrants. See full details of the competition by reading the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards information pack (PDF 1.80MB).

How do I apply?

To enter the competition you will need to complete the following online application form which requires additional documentation and a 2 minute video to support your application:

  1. Business Model Canvas Template (PDF - 1.85MB)
    For guidance on completing the above Business Model Canvas, please refer to the Business Model Canvas guide (PDF - 538KB)
  2. Santander Awards Submission Form (PDF - 1.26MB) - 
    Please answer section 1 and 3 only. (Section 2 is optional if your business is already registered and will not count as part of the submission).
  3. Upload a 2 minute video outlining the idea behind your business and how it came about
    Santander video judging criteria

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 Competition Timeline

University of Birmingham - key dates

UoB competition deadline - Sunday 14 April 2019
Winners announced - Thursday 18 April 2019

Santander national competition - key dates

Shortlist announced - May 2019
Regional heats - June 2019
Accelerator week - August 2019
National final - October 2019


  • The company must have been set up for no longer than 12 months
  • Funding generated must be no higher than a £100,000 (including but not limited to investment, grants, loans, revenue and prizes)
  • The company can have a maximum of five employees (please note this does not include founders)
  • UoB Graduates are eligible to apply (up to three years since graduating).

In 2016 the University of Birmingham came out on top with PhD student Michael McLeod winning the national competition with his recycling company UniGreenScheme. Find out how things are going for Michael in 2019



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