York Business Challenge 2019

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York Business Challenge 2019

Student Enterprise, with the generous support of Santander, are launching a competition to find the best Startups and Freelancers at the University of York.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students and recent graduates (within two years) of the University of York, with a winning prize up to £1500 which will be presented at the University’s Innovation Lecture from Twitter MD Bruce Daisley.

You can be at any stage in your business, from concept to trading, commercial to social enterprise or a student run initiative. Individuals and small teams are welcome to apply, so get thinking, get planning and start creating.

The deadline for applications has now passed. The winners will be exhibiting at the University's Innovation lecture on the 5th June.


Find out more by clicking on a category below


There are some fantastic prizes on offer, which are made possible by a generous gift from Santander. These include:

Startup Category

Winner - £1500
Runner Up - £1000

Freelance Category
Winner £1000
2 x Runners Up £500

Up to 5 other businesses/projects will be invited to the business showcase event, and will receive a prize of £200.

The York Business Challenge is made possible by a generous gift from Santander. Santander, through Santander Universities, has been collaborating with over 1,200 universities and academic institutions around the world for over 20 years through an initiative that is one of a kind globally, and distinguishes it from other banks and financial institutions. University of York became a Santander Universities partner in 2011, and it is through this agreement that this opportunity has been made possible.