Youth Entrepreneurship Competitions

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  • Big Ideas Wales Enterprise Troopers - Are you an Enterprising primary school? Wales national primary school competition and showcase.
  • EESW - Providing 11 to 19 year olds with the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with industries, businesses and higher education, by providing them with the opportunity to work on real STEM projects. Includes primary activities, F1 in schools challenge, EESW sixth form project and Girls into STEM.
  • Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge - a highly interactive, fun way of introducing financial education, enterprise and the world of work to primary school pupils as they aim to make as much profit as possible from £5 in four weeks
  • Bafta games - Young Game Designers - Games competition for 10-18 year-old aimed at creating opportunity + giving insight into the world of game making, as well as offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences with top game makers + industry professionals.
  • Big Ideas Wales Bootcamp to Business - If you’re aged 18 - 25, motivated, ambitious and raring to get your business off the ground, join Bootcamp to Business. A stimulating 3 day residential boot camp, guidance on all the business essentials. A full 12 month package of practical support, ideas and direction from leading Welsh entrepreneurs.
  • BQ Live Emerging Entrepreneur Awards - Celebrating and inspiring entreprenuership across the UK.  Emerging entrepreneur from each region recognised.
  • C4EE Young Business Dragons Competition - aimed at recognising tomorrow's entrepreneurs  and promoting the great talent pool of young talent that exists locally.
  • Carneige Trust Test Town - Towns and education providers make available their vacant spaces, training and support to young businesses to test out their ideas in pop-up shops in town centres.
  • EESW - Providing 11 to 19 year olds with the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with industries, businesses and higher education, by providing them with the opportunity to work on real STEM projects. Includes primary activities, F1 in schools challenge, EESW sixth form project and Girls into STEM.
  • Est Net Next Generation - tech prize aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfill their talent and ambition.
  • FSB Small Business Awards - smaller businesses within Wales and the UK are celebrated. Provide an opportunity for young entrepreneur’s businesses to achieve the accolade, endorsement of success and includes a Young Entrepreneur category.
  • Go Think Big Digital Social Action Grants - Looking for anyone with an innovative and inspiring idea, which changes the world around them for the better. Up to £500 funding for young people aged 15-24 with a big idea that thinks outside the box.
  • NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards - acknowledges inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain and including Young Entrepreneur and Start up categories.
  • Pitch@Palace - guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Entrepreneurs are selected to participate in Pitch@Palace and are invited to attend Boot Camp. They receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their Pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance.
  • Prince's Trust Mosiac Enterprise Challenge - helps students (aged 11-16 years old) learn about establishing and running a business through an interactive business simulation game whilst building their confidence.
  • Shell Live Wire Smarter Future - monthly with the deadline for entries being midnight on the last day of each month. Open to new UK business owners aged 16-30 who have an idea that addresses the world’s future transport, food, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner, healthier and more sustainable places to work and live
  • Shell LiveWire Young Enterprise of the Year Award - In order to be considered for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the £25,000 funding and support that come with it, you must first win one of the monthly Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards.
  • The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge - a full day enterprise programme open to all secondary schools in the UK. Open to full year groups the challenge is split into two categories KS3 and KS4. Working in teams of six the students work on real life business challenges, which are set by real life businesses.
  • The Urdd & Menter a Business - Business innovator competition for young people aged 16-25 who have a new business idea and an interest in being self employed now or in the future.
  • UnLtd Do it Award - for those with an idea to address a social or environmental issue. Alongside award’s of £5,000 to build social ventures, UnLtd gives access to training and events, and assign a dedicated award manager.
  • UnLtd Grow It Award - for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable. Need to be running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives and have compelling evidence of the impact. This award of £15,000 is designed to help you to get to the next stage.
  • UnLtd Spaces for Change - a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
  • USW Making Business Happen Awards - highlight young entrepreneurial talent and reward groups and individuals for their commitment and approach to developing an effective or innovative business or business idea. They are a celebration of enthusiasm and dedication to enterprise by school and college students across the United Kingdom.
  • Virgin Voom Pitch - chance to pitch your business for a share of £1million in prizes. The competition is open to anyone over 18, living and working in the UK or Republic of Ireland, with a great business idea.
  • Wales Online Digital Awards/Digital Entrepreneur of the Year - recognise businesses and entrepreneurs making an outstanding contribution to the digital sector, 2018 categories included young digital person of the year and best digital start up.
  • Wales Start up Awards - recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service, and who are often the unsung heroes of the business community. This is an award ceremony that, is exclusively for start-ups only and includes a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Category.
  • Young Enterprise Company Programme - Running throughout one academic year and supported by a business advisor, students start their own business as a team make all the decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs.
  • Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge - ages 11-19, national challenge, helping young people develop key skills including creativity, positivity, resilience and problem solving, using real money.
  • Young Enterprise Team Programme - designed to aid the transition from education into independent living for students with learning difficulties. Students develop confidence and vital life skills through working as a team to set up and run a business or social enterprise.
  • Bafta games Young Game Designers - Games competition for 10-18 year-old aimed at creating opportunity + giving insight into the world of game making, as well as offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences with top game makers + industry professionals.
  • Big Ideas Wales Bootcamp to Business - If you’re aged 18 - 25, motivated, ambitious and raring to get your business off the ground, join Bootcamp to Business. A stimulating 3 day residential boot camp, guidance on all the business essentials. A full 12 month package of practical support, ideas and direction from leading Welsh entrepreneurs.
  • BQ Live Emerging Entrepreneur Awards - Celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship across the UK.  Emerging entrepreneur from each region recognised.
  • Carneige Trust Test Town -  Towns and education providers make available their vacant spaces, training and support to young businesses to test out their ideas in pop-up shops in town centres.
  • Design Council - Spark - a support and funding programme designed to help  turn a bright idea into a commercially successful product
  • Drivers for Change - a unique 11-day journey to inspire 100 young leaders to be creative and entrepreneurial, and to take ownership of driving change in their communities.
  • EESW - Providing 11 to 19 year olds with the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with industries, businesses and higher education, by providing them with the opportunity to work on real STEM projects. Includes primary activities, F1 in schools challenge, EESW sixth form project and Girls into STEM.
  • Enterprise Nation Student Start Up of the Year Competition - provides young people and recent graduates with the opportunity to win a host of business prizes and £2,500 cash investment.
  • Enterprise Skills Challenge Competition - intended for teams who are working towards a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification within a programme of study at a 6th form College in Wales
  • EST Net Next Generation Tech Prize - aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfill their talent and ambition.
  • FSB Small Business Awards - smaller businesses within Wales and the UK are celebrated. Provide an opportunity for young entrepreneur’s businesses to achieve the accolade, endorsement of success and includes a Young Entrepreneur category.
  • Go Think Big - Digital Social Action Grants - Looking for anyone with an innovative and inspiring idea, which changes the world around them for the better. Up to £500 funding for young people aged 15-24 with a big idea that thinks outside the box.
  • NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards - acknowledges inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain and including Young Entrepreneur and Start up categories.
  • NACUE Varsity Pitch - business competition for students and recent graduates (within the last 5 years). Shortlisted applicants will be asked to pitch their ideas live at the semi finals in London. Six start-ups will then go on to compete to win £10,000 at the finals in Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • Pitch@Palace - guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Entrepreneurs are selected to participate in Pitch@Palace and are invited to attend Boot Camp. They receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their Pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance.
  • Shell Live Wire Smarter Future Programme - monthly with the deadline for entries being midnight on the last day of each month. Open to new UK business owners aged 16-30 who have an idea that addresses the world’s future transport, food, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner, healthier and more sustainable places to work and live
  • Shell LiveWire Young Enterprise of the Year Award - In order to be considered for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the £25,000 funding and support that come with it, you must first win one of the monthly Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards.
  • Social Business Awards Wales - One to watch catergory - Judges are looking for an innovative new social enterprise with an impressive initial impact and a strong vision for the future.
  • Social Enterprise UK Awards - recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply, and there are specific categories including one to watch for young entrepreneurs.
  • The Urdd & Menter a Business - Business innovator competition for young people aged 16-25 who have a new business idea and an interest in being self employed now or in the future.
  • Tranzfuser Talent Programme - delivered by UK Games Talent supplies a pipeline to enterprise and/or employment recognition for new UK games graduates, taking teams from concept and prototyping through to publishing.
  • UnLtd Do it Award - for those with an idea to address a social or environmental issue. Alongside award’s of £5,000 to build social ventures, UnLtd gives access to training and events, and assign a dedicated award manager.
  • UnLtd Grow It Award - for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable. Need to be running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives and have compelling evidence of the impact. This award of £15,000 is designed to help you to get to the next stage.
  • UnLtd Spaces for Change - a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
  • UK Games Fund - For teams in the very early stages of development or with limited professional experience, the Pitch Development Programme offers the chance to refine and improve pitching skills and develop a playable demo over the course of the summer, with a support package provided to the value of £10,000.
  • USW Making Business Happen Awards - highlight young entrepreneurial talent and reward groups and individuals for their commitment and approach to developing an effective or innovative business or business idea. They are a celebration of enthusiasm and dedication to enterprise by school and college students across the United Kingdom.
  • Virgin Voom Pitch - chance to pitch your business for a share of £1million in prizes. The competition is open to anyone over 18, living and working in the UK or Republic of Ireland, with a great business idea.
  • Wales Online Digital Awards/Digital Entrepreneur of the Year - recognise businesses and entrepreneurs making an outstanding contribution to the digital sector, 2018 categories included young digital person of the year and best digital start up.
  • Wales Start up Awards - recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service, and who are often the unsung heroes of the business community. This is an award ceremony that, is exclusively for start-ups only and includes a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Category.
  • Young Enterprise Company Programme - running throughout one academic year and supported by a business advisor, students start their own business as a team, make decisions about their enterprise, from deciding on the name and product to creating a business plan, managing the student company finances and selling to the public at trade fairs.
  • Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge - ages 11-19, national challenge, helping young people develop key skills including creativity, positivity, resilience and problem solving, using real money.
  • Young Enterprise University Programme - start-up business challenge for students in Higher and further Education.
  • Young Enterprise Team Programme - designed to aid the transition from education into independent living for students with learning difficulties. Students develop confidence and vital life skills through working as a team to set up and run a business or social enterprise.
  • Aberystwyth University InvEnterPrize Business Plan competition - Aberystwyth University’s student enterprise competition, with a £10,000 prize on offer to the winning entry.
  • Bangor University Enterprise by Design - 8 week Design challenge for multi-disciplinary teams from business, creative studies, media, electronic engineering, computer science, product design and psychology to design and develop a new product for established business.
  • Big Ideas Wales Bootcamp to Business - If you’re aged 18 - 25, motivated, ambitious and raring to get your business off the ground, join Bootcamp to Business. A stimulating 3 day residential boot camp, guidance on all the business essentials. A full 12 month package of practical support, ideas and direction from leading Welsh entrepreneurs.
  • BQ Live Emerging Entrepreneur Awards - Celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship across the UK.  Emerging entrepreneur from each region recognised.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University - The Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Countdown to Launch scheme runs every June and helps budding entrepreneurs to make their start-up dreams a reality. For Cardiff Met final year students and graduates who are looking to make a business idea a reality.
  • Cardiff University - SPARK Plan is open to students with a business plan that they are ready to share with the world. The Plan level is designed for those who may have performed a reasonable level of research or possibly some level of testing for the idea or product. This can also include those that are getting ready to launch.
  • Carneige Trust Test Town - Towns and education providers make available their vacant spaces, training and support to young businesses to test out their ideas in pop-up shops in town centres.
  • Design Council - Spark - a support and funding programme designed to help  turn a bright idea into a commercially successful product.
  • Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise - awards programme for final year undergraduate/postgraduate creative students and first year graduates, providing financial and business support to help launch creative careers.
  • Drivers for Change - a unique 11-day journey to inspire 100 young leaders to be creative and entrepreneurial, and to take ownership of driving change in their communities.
  • Enactus - international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Platform for teams of outstanding university students in the UK to create community development projects that put people's own ingenuity and talents at the centre of improving their livelihoods.
  • Enterprise Nation Student Start Up of the Year Competition - provides young people and recent graduates with the opportunity to win a host of business prizes and £2,500 cash investment.
  • EST Net Next Generation - tech prize aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfil their talent and ambition.
  • FSB Small Business Awards - smaller businesses within Wales and the UK are celebrated. Provide an opportunity for young entrepreneur’s businesses to achieve the accolade, endorsement of success and includes a Young Entrepreneur category.
  • Go Think Big - Digital Social Action Grants - Looking for anyone with an innovative and inspiring idea, which changes the world around them for the better. Up to £500 funding for young people aged 15-24 with a big idea that thinks outside the box.
  • NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards - acknowledges inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain and including Young Entrepreneur and Start up categories.
  • NACUE Varsity Pitch - business competition for students and recent graduates (within the last 5 years). Shortlisted applicants will be asked to pitch their ideas live at the semi finals in London. Six start-ups will then go on to compete to win £10,000 at the finals in Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • Pitch@Palace - guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Entrepreneurs are selected to participate in Pitch@Palace and are invited to attend Boot Camp. They receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their Pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance.
  • Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards - annual business pitching competition aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from UK partner universities.
  • Shell Live Wire Smarter Future Programme - monthly with the deadline for entries being midnight on the last day of each month. Open to new UK business owners aged 16-30 who have an idea that addresses the world’s future transport, food, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner, healthier and more sustainable places to work and live
  • Shell LiveWire Young Enterprise of the Year Award - In order to be considered for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the £25,000 funding and support that come with it, you must first win one of the monthly Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards.
  • Social Business Awards Wales - One to watch catergory - Judges are looking for an innovative new social enterprise with an impressive initial impact and a strong vision for the future.
  • Social Enterprise UK Awards - recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply, and there are specific categories including one to watch for young entrepreneurs.
  • Swansea University Big Pitch Competition - raise awareness about entrepreneurship opportunities and encourage students to develop their very own business ideas and skills.
  • The Urdd & Menter a Business - Business innovator competition for young people aged 16-25 who have a new business idea and an interest in being self employed now or in the future.
  • Tranzfuser Talent Programme - delivered by UK Games Talent supplies a pipeline to enterprise and/or employment recognition for new UK games graduates, taking teams from concept and prototyping through to publishing.
  • UnLtd Do it Award - for those with an idea to address a social or environmental issue. Alongside award’s of £5,000 to build social ventures, UnLtd gives access to training and events, and assign a dedicated award manager.
  • UnLtd Grow It Award - for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable. Need to be running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives and have compelling evidence of the impact. This award of £15,000 is designed to help you to get to the next stage.
  • UnLtd Spaces for Change - a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
  • UK Games Fund - For teams in the very early stages of development or with limited professional experience, the Pitch Development Programme offers the chance to refine and improve pitching skills and develop a playable demo over the course of the summer, with a support package provided to the value of £10,000.
  • USW Bright Ideas Den - a chance for USW students to pitch for up to £1,000 to support their ideas for business.
  • USW Freelancer Academy - takes students and graduates (up to two years after graduation) through the steps needed to get their business idea off the ground. The USW Freelancers Academy is an annual event that takes place over 1 week
  • UWTSD Robert Owen Challenge Cup -  annual university-wide entrepreneurial competition run by the Swansea Business School and supported by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Designed for students who have a business idea and think they can make it work in practice. Open to individuals and teams of up to 6 people who must be current students of UWTSD.
  • Virgin Voom Pitch - chance to pitch your business for a share of £1million in prizes. The competition is open to anyone over 18, living and working in the UK or Republic of Ireland, with a great business idea.
  • Wales Online Digital Awards/Digital Entrepreneur of the Year - recognise businesses and entrepreneurs making an outstanding contribution to the digital sector, 2018 categories included young digital person of the year and best digital start up.
  • Wales Start up Awards - recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service, and who are often the unsung heroes of the business community. This is an award ceremony that, is exclusively for start-ups only and includes a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Category.
  • Young Enterprise University Programme - start-up business challenge for students in Higher and further Education.
  • Big Ideas Wales Bootcamp to Business - If you’re aged 18 - 25, motivated, ambitious and raring to get your business off the ground, join Bootcamp to Business. A stimulating 3 day residential boot camp, guidance on all the business essentials. A full 12 month package of practical support, ideas and direction from leading Welsh entrepreneurs.
  • BQ Live Emerging Entrepreneur Awards - Celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship across the UK.  Emerging entrepreneur from each region recognised.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University - The Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Countdown to Launch scheme runs every June and helps budding entrepreneurs to make their start-up dreams a reality. For Cardiff Met final year students and graduates who are looking to make a business idea a reality.
  • Cardiff University - SPARK Plan is open to students with a business plan that they are ready to share with the world. The Plan level is designed for those who may have performed a reasonable level of research or possibly some level of testing for the idea or product. This can also include those that are getting ready to launch.
  • Carneige Trust Test Town - Towns and education providers make available their vacant spaces, training and support to young businesses to test out their ideas in pop-up shops in town centres.
  • Design Council - Spark - a support and funding programme designed to help  turn a bright idea into a commercially successful product.
  • Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise - awards programme for final year undergraduate/postgraduate creative students and first year graduates, providing financial and business support to help launch creative careers.
  • Drivers for Change - a unique 11-day journey to inspire 100 young leaders to be creative and entrepreneurial, and to take ownership of driving change in their communities.
  • Enterprise Nation Student Start Up of the Year Competition - provides young people and recent graduates with the opportunity to win a host of business prizes and £2,500 cash investment.
  • EST Net Next Generation - tech prize aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfill their talent and ambition.
  • FSB Small Business Awards - smaller businesses within Wales and the UK are celebrated. Provide an opportunity for young entrepreneur’s businesses to achieve the accolade, endorsement of success and includes a Young Entrepreneur category.
  • Go Think Big - Digital Social Action Grants - Looking for anyone with an innovative and inspiring idea, which changes the world around them for the better. Up to £500 funding for young people aged 15-24 with a big idea that thinks outside the box.
  • NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards - acknowledges inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain and including Young Entrepreneur and Start up categories.
  • NACUE Varsity Pitch - business competition for students and recent graduates (within the last 5 years). Shortlisted applicants will be asked to pitch their ideas live at the semi finals in London. Six start-ups will then go on to compete to win £10,000 at the finals in Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • Pitch@Palace - guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Entrepreneurs are selected to participate in Pitch@Palace and are invited to attend Boot Camp. They receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their Pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance.
  • Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards - annual business pitching competition aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from UK partner universities.
  • Shell Live Wire Smarter Future - monthly with the deadline for entries being midnight on the last day of each month. Open to new UK business owners aged 16-30 who have an idea that addresses the world’s future transport, food, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner, healthier and more sustainable places to work and live
  • Shell Live Wire Young Enterprise of the Year Award - In order to be considered for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the £25,000 funding and support that come with it, you must first win one of the monthly Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards.
  • Sirius - 12-month programme which helps graduate entrepreneurs with new ideas that have real growth potential to maximise their chances of success. Successful applicants receive funding, business support, office accommodation, training and pitching opportunities.
  • Social Business Awards Wales - One to watch catergory - Judges are looking for an innovative new social enterprise with an impressive initial impact and a strong vision for the future.
  • Social Enterprise UK Awards - recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply, and there are specific categories including one to watch for young entrepreneurs.
  • The Urdd & Menter a Business - Business innovator competition for young people aged 16-25 who have a new business idea and an interest in being self employed now or in the future.
  • Tranzfuser Talent Programme - delivered by UK Games Talent supplies a pipeline to enterprise and/or employment recognition for new UK games graduates, taking teams from concept and prototyping through to publishing.
  • UnLtd Do it Award - for those with an idea to address a social or environmental issue. Alongside award’s of £5,000 to build social ventures, UnLtd gives access to training and events, and assign a dedicated award manager.
  • UnLtd Grow It Award - for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable. Need to be running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives and have compelling evidence of the impact. This award of £15,000 is designed to help you to get to the next stage.
  • UnLtd Spaces for Change - a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
  • UK Games Fund - For teams in the very early stages of development or with limited professional experience, the Pitch Development Programme offers the chance to refine and improve pitching skills and develop a playable demo over the course of the summer, with a support package provided to the value of £10,000.
  • USW Freelancer Academy -  takes students and graduates (up to two years after graduation) through the steps needed to get their business idea off the ground. The USW Freelancers Academy is an annual event that takes place over 1 week.
  • Virgin Voom Pitch - chance to pitch your business for a share of £1million in prizes. The competition is open to anyone over 18, living and working in the UK or Republic of Ireland, with a great business idea.
  • Wales Online Digital Awards/Digital Entrepreneur of the Year - recognise businesses and entrepreneurs making an outstanding contribution to the digital sector, 2018 categories included young digital person of the year and best digital start up.
  • Wales Start up Awards - recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service, and who are often the unsung heroes of the business community. This is an award ceremony that, is exclusively for start-ups only and includes a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Category.
  • Big Ideas Wales Bootcamp to Business - If you’re aged 18 - 25, motivated, ambitious and raring to get your business off the ground, join Bootcamp to Business. A stimulating 3 day residential boot camp, guidance on all the business essentials. A full 12 month package of practical support, ideas and direction from leading Welsh entrepreneurs.
  • BQ Live Emerging Entrepreneur Awards - Celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurship across the UK.  Emerging entrepreneur from each region recognised.
  • Carneige Trust Test Town - Towns and education providers make available their vacant spaces, training and support to young businesses to test out their ideas in pop-up shops in town centres.
  • Design Council - Spark - a support and funding programme designed to help  turn a bright idea into a commercially successful product.
  • Drivers for Change - a unique 11-day journey to inspire 100 young leaders to be creative and entrepreneurial, and to take ownership of driving change in their communities.
  • EST Net Next Generation - tech prize aims to help young people who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm and interest in the technology field to fulfil their talent and ambition.
  • Go Think Big - Digital Social Action Grants - Looking for anyone with an innovative and inspiring idea, which changes the world around them for the better. Up to £500 funding for young people aged 15-24 with a big idea that thinks outside the box.
  • NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards - acknowledges inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain and including Young Entrepreneur and Start up categories.
  • Pitch@Palace - guides, helps and connects Entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Entrepreneurs are selected to participate in Pitch@Palace and are invited to attend Boot Camp. They receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their Pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance.
  • Shell Live Wire Smarter Future - monthly with the deadline for entries being midnight on the last day of each month. Open to new UK business owners aged 16-30 who have an idea that addresses the world’s future transport, food, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner, healthier and more sustainable places to work and live
  • Shell Live Wire Young Enterprise of the Year Award - In order to be considered for the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the £25,000 funding and support that come with it, you must first win one of the monthly Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards.
  • Social Business Awards Wales - One to watch catergory - Judges are looking for an innovative new social enterprise with an impressive initial impact and a strong vision for the future.
  • Social Enterprise UK Awards - recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply, and there are specific categories including one to watch for young entrepreneurs.
  • The Urdd & Menter a Business - Business innovator competition for young people aged 16-25 who have a new business idea and an interest in being self employed now or in the future.
  • UnLtd Do it Award - for those with an idea to address a social or environmental issue. Alongside award’s of £5,000 to build social ventures, UnLtd gives access to training and events, and assign a dedicated award manager.
  • UnLtd Grow It Award - for social entrepreneurs looking to grow their venture, make a bigger difference and become sustainable. Need to be running a social venture that is already making a positive difference to people's lives and have compelling evidence of the impact. This award of £15,000 is designed to help you to get to the next stage.
  • UnLtd Spaces for Change - a UK wide programme that will find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people.
  • Virgin Voom Pitch - chance to pitch your business for a share of £1million in prizes. The competition is open to anyone over 18, living and working in the UK or Republic of Ireland, with a great business idea.
  • Wales Online Digital Awards/Digital Entrepreneur of the Year - recognise businesses and entrepreneurs making an outstanding contribution to the digital sector, 2018 categories included young digital person of the year and best digital start up.
  • Wales Start up Awards - recognise the achievements of the entrepreneurial individuals who have spotted the opportunity and taken the risks to launch a new product or service, and who are often the unsung heroes of the business community. This is an award ceremony that, is exclusively for start-ups only and includes a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Category.