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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

  • The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs - Bring your creative ideas to life. If you have an enterprise you wish to grow you can apply to win up to £20,000 investment and 12 months business support. Deadline for submissions is 31st March 2020

  • Entrepreneur award - students studying a business related course are invited to submit a business pitch for a chance to win £1000 towards their tuition fees or setting up their dream business. Deadline for submissions is 28th February 2020
  • Future Legal Mind - A Law essay competition open to current Law students. The winner will receive a prize package including £2,000 and a mentoring session with one of National Accident Helpline's in-house lawyers. Deadline for submissions is 28th February 2020
  • Start Up Series is a chance to win £150,000 of investment for your business every month. Monthly competition
  • 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.

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.