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Date published: January 18, 2017

Big Pitch event could see you win a share of £100,000

Do you have a business idea? Do you need funding to make your idea happen? Apply now to be in with a chance of winning your share of £100,000 pool of prizes to support your business idea.

Apply for either the Make THE Difference or the Start-up Award to be in with a chance to receive up to £1,000 of funding from the Enterprise team. By entering for either of these awards you could get the chance to represent the University of Salford at three prestigious nationwide competitions with a combined prize total of over £100,000.

All applicants will be invited to the Big Pitch event on Wednesday 22nd March, where you will pitch in front of successful entrepreneurs for a chance to win £1000. 

The Make THE Difference and Start Up competitions offer awards of up to £1,000, these awards are for students who have a business idea that impacts positively on their local community or would like to develop their business idea. To be in with a chance you must apply by Friday 10 March 2017.

Applicants who impress at the Big Pitch event will be entered into the following competitions: 

The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 

The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards were launched in 2011. Since then, they have grown to be the UKs largest student and graduate business pitching competition. Santander reward entrepreneurs by offering cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support and have so far given away more than £260,000 to start-ups and small businesses. The winners will not only receive a cash prize, but will have the opportunity to make use of the bank's services to help them start up their proposed business. The prize money awarded varies between £1,000 and £25,000. This year there is a prize pool worth over £100,000 which will include equity-free seed funding, mentoring, access to talent and more.

Innovating Future Business Competition

Building on the success of our previous innovation competitions, we are excited to run a new initiative called Innovating Future Business. The competition encourages innovative, forward-thinking business ideas and is open to current students and staff of the University of Salford, as well as students and staff from partner higher education providers also including the Alliance University group.

This competition will include multiple investors and Universities in a true Dragons Den Style. The prize pool is over £3000 but if you impress the judges, you will be in with a chance for further investment at the discretion of the participating company. These partner organisations will also take part in the mentoring process, through guest lectures and workshops, and the selection process and the ultimate competition event, held during the finale. This is a great opportunity to get feedback from industry leaders and make your business idea into reality. 

DBACE Start-up support and £10k to kick-start your creative career

Calling all recent or soon-to-be graduates in the creative arts – the artists, the film-makers, the performers. We are looking for the next generation of creatives with a vision they want to make a reality, and we want to help you to do it.

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) celebrates 25 years in 2017, and we’re offering you the chance to win £10,000 to invest in your own creative business or project. We’ll also provide the training and mentoring you need to help you through the first year. If you’re a final year BA or MA student or first year graduate, sign up now for notifications about DBACE 2017 and let’s make it happen, together. There are five prizes of £10,000 for winners of the following five categories: Art & Photography, Craft & Design, Film, Music, Performance. 

Good luck! If you have any questions please email

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