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.

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Growth stage - apply now!

For the bold and ambitious and for businesses that are ripe for investors.

The Growth stage comprises a six-week support programme, designed to develop your skills and take your start-up to the next level.

Delivered between Tuesday 6 March and Wednesday 17 April this programme will give you the best possible chance when you pitch your idea.

You stand to win up to £20,000 in funding.

Apply on mycareer by midnight, Sunday 3 March

Please note, that you can only apply if you are in your 3rd or final year of study, you are a graduate within three years of completing your study or are engaged in postgraduate studies at the University.  

Meet the 2022-2023 winner of the New Enterprise Competition - Impulsonics

Impulsonics was founded by Mechanical Engineering graduate Dr Luke Cox (pictured centre above with the rest of the Impulsonics team) who currently works at the university as a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Their patented technology moves cells using sound waves and can greatly reduce lab costs.

Luke was awarded £10,000 in funding, 12 months of incubation at SETSquared plus pro bono legal support from VWV, SETsquared Bristol’s in-house legal team. Congratulations!

Congratulations also to Armago who won £2,500 as well as the £2,000 People's Choice Award prize, and to Wonderspun who won £5,000

Runners-up also included Elevate who were awarded £2,500 of funding and Remap who won 6 months' incubation at SETSquared.

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The Basecamp Enterprise Team

Whether you want to start your own business, develop your entrepreneurial mindset or do a bit of both, the Basecamp Enterprise team can support you in achieving your ambitions

Find out more on our start-up webpage

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, and VWV

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