A great way to enhance your employability can be through employer competitions and business games. They often require problem solving, creativity and innovation and may be for individuals or teams of students, which means they're great ways of developing skills too.

Here are some current competitions, which are worth exploring further

  • Start Up Series is a chance to win £150,000 of investment for your business every month. Monthly competition
  • The Green Alley Award is the award for startups and entrepreneurs in the circular economy. They are offering a €25000 prize for startups based in Europe who want to tackle the global waste challenge. Deadline is 25 June 2019.
  • FT Talent Challenge 2019 is a chance to solve real business and strategic cases related to the digital and media world. Deadline is 30th June.
  • GSA Ultra is a code cracking competition for students with a top prize of £10,000. Deadline is 6th August 2019.
  • Shell LiveWIRE smarter future programme The award is open to any entrepreneur aged 16-30 who has been trading for less than a year, or is looking to start trading in the next 6 months, and has an idea that addresses the UK's future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in. Monthly competition.

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


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.