Elevate: Entrepreneurs competition

Calling all innovators! 

Want the opportunity to develop your own spin out? 

Got a concept but need help with the business model?

Got a business model but need help with the pitch?

Got it all but lack the seed funding?

Or... Got absolutely none of the above but are bursting at the seams with brilliant ideas?

Then ELEVATE is for you!

Elevate Competition Judging: 

  • Wednesday 1 May - 10:00am - 2:00pm at Trevithick Room, ESI Building, Penryn (point 6 on map).
  • Thursday 2 May - 10:00am - 2:00pm at The Deck, Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus (view map)

Elevate is a ground-breaking entrepreneurial competition supporting students to develop innovative ideas that benefit the UK’s economy and society. With a top prize of £1,000 it presents an unrivalled opportunity to turn an innovative concept into a fully funded start-up.

The competition is open to all students and is funded by the prestigious Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIBF).

What’s involved

  • You'll take part in a launch event and entrepreneurial workshops
  • With the support of Engineering academics, your team will come up with an idea and develop a business plan
  • You’ll pitch your idea to a panel
  • The winning team will receive £1,500 and support to turn their idea into a start-up with prizes for other ideas awarded at the discretion of the judges

Elevate seeks to support entrepreneurship in its truest form. You will be encouraged to think big, embrace your creativity and develop innovative ideas which demonstrate your capacity to deliver commercial and societal value.

The prize

  • The winning team will be awarded £1,000 and supported to turn their idea into reality
  • Prizes will be awarded by the judges at their discretion
  • Engaging with the EIBF through the competition will differentiate your CV as you set out on your career, whatever your area of study

The rules

  • Open to undergraduates and postgraduates in all disciplines across Exeter and Cornwall Campuses
  • Teams must contain at least one engineering student (studying an Engineering, Mining Engineering or Renewable Energy degree)

How to take part


You can still register for the Elevate competition as an individual, a team or part-team. Contact Dr Andy Hale for more information.

Key dates

  • Elevate Competition Judging: Wednesday 1 May, 10:00am - 2:00pm at Penryn (Room TBC) and Thursday 2 May, 10:00am - 2:00pm at The Deck, Innovation Centre, Streatham Campus (view map)

Engineers in Business Fellowship (EIBF) is a charity that promotes the importance and value of business education for engineers in order to improve people’s lives and the performance of the UK and global economies.

Dr Andrew Hale and Dr Ion Sucala are leading the competition which will continue to develop in the future to encourage further cross discipline entrepreneurial thinking in the University.

For more information please contact Dr Andy Hale at a.hale@exeter.ac.uk.