The New Enterprise Competition

Win funding for your business through the University’s flagship start-up competition.

Every year we award £35,000 of funding to entrepreneurial students, staff and alumni. These start-ups cover a broad range of areas from jewellery design to novel vertical farming technologies.  

We provide funding for all levels of start-up through three stages; supporting University of Bristol Entrepreneurs from Ideation, through Development Stage to Growth Stage of their ventures.   

Winners join a prestigious group of start-ups and spinouts and are part of the 20-year tradition of celebrating and rewarding entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol.   

The Growth Stage

A row of four plants growing out of the ground.

The Growth Stage of the New Enterprise Competition is an opportunity to take your business to the next level. Open to final years, postgraduates, and staff, it awards the winning business with up to £20,000 of funding.

It will also help you connect with a cohort of entrepreneurs and local business leaders, including winners of the competition from previous years.

Applications close Friday 5 May. Find out more by checking out the Growth Stage resource.

Meet the 2021-22 winners of the New Enterprise Competition - RouteZero

Image of Albie from RouteZero

RouteZero was founded by computer Science graduate Albie Baker-Smith (pictured above) and cofounder Dan Brown.

Their mission is to stop catastrophic climate change, through their platform which helps individuals and organisations switch out high-emission travel for greener journeys.

Albie and Dan were awarded £10,000 in funding and 12 months of incubation at SETSquared which will go towards customer acquisition, developing and running their platform and enhancing their partnerships. Congratulations!

Congratulations also to Big Sister Swap who won £5,000 and the £2,000 People's Choice Award prize, and to Unique Connections who also won £5,000

Runners up also included Ultra Horizon with 6 months' incubation at SETSquared and Milbotix winning pro-bono support from VWV.

Meet our brilliant New Enterprise Competition sponsors:

The New Enterprise Competition is made possible by our incredible sponsors and mentors.

This year's sponsors are BristolGrid, Engineers in Business Fellowship, SETsquared Partnership, Santander Universities and VWV

Sponsors of the New Enterprise Competition: VWV, SETsquared Bristol, Santander Universities, EIBF and BristolGrid

Who are the Basecamp Enterprise Team?

A team of start-up specialists that sit within the Careers Service at the University of Bristol.

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The Growth Stage is open for applications

Find out how you could win £20,000 and apply today. 

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