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Competitions and awards

Why do competitions?

As well as being fun and potentially rewarding, competitions and business games can be a great way to enhance your employability. They may be for individuals or teams of students, and will help you use and develop skills like problem solving, creativity and innovation, and project management. Whether or not you end up winning, these experiences can be great to reflect on and talk about in applications and interviews, and count as valuable experience for your CV.

Competitions are typically focused on enterprise and start-ups, business challenges, tech or coding challenges, and projects that address a current issue (eg sustainability).  Have a look at the competitions listed below to see which appeal to you.

There is a range of support available for university of York students who progress through to the latter stages of competitions, this support includes application and pitching support, as well as a travel expenses fund. For more information email

Here are some current competitions, which are worth exploring further

  • Student Ambassador competition - students who will be starting their first year of Masters or PhD study in the next academic year will be able to enter. The winner will receive £6,000 and be an ambassador for for the following year. 
  • Start Up Series is a chance to win £150,000 of investment for your business every month. Monthly competition

Student surveys

There are a number of surveys about employability, career aims and student satisfaction, which run every year. These surveys usually offer the chance to win prizes. See the student surveys page for more.