Churchill College Enterprise Competition Terms & Conditions

In line with the College’s founding mission, the Churchill College Enterprise Competition exists in order to promote and encourage entrepreneurship and mentoring. It is open to all areas of endeavour, be it social, business, scientific or technological. It is run by Churchill College for the benefit of Churchillians.

The competition will award a prize of £1,000 for the entry considered by the judges to present the best business proposition. There will also be a £250 award for the ‘Most Innovative Technology’.

Judging will be undertaken by the Churchill College Enterprise Board comprised of alumni and Fellows.



The competition is open to Churchill College’s current students, Junior Research Fellows and Churchill alumni. Entries will be accepted from both individuals and teams. Teams must include at least one member who satisfies the eligibility requirements for individual entries.  Prospective entrants are invited to contact the Development Office by emailing: if they have any questions or would like advice on potential submissions from some of the Board members.


Stage 1: Submission

Entries should be on no more than one sheet of A4 and must include:

  • an outline of the idea
  • an explanation of how the idea will be implemented
  • an evaluation of the idea’s potential benefits
  • information about any other enterprise competitions you have entered in the past 12 months in relation to this idea

Please save your submission document as a PDF or word doc using the following file name protocol; surname, name, name of project, and email to by the submission deadline of Sunday 6 March 2022.


Stage 2: shortlisting

All valid entries will be assessed and a shortlist of up to 10 entries will be selected to progress to the final round of the competition.

The Board will assign a mentor to each of the shortlisted contestant entries. The assigned mentor will provide advice and guidance to assist preparation for the final round of the competition.

Board members and entrants will sign non-disclosure agreements concerning all entries selected for the final round.


Stage 3: Final

The final will be held at Churchill College, Cambridge on Wednesday 27 April 2022. 

Each of the shortlisted competitors will be invited to give a presentation to the Board lasting no longer than 20 minutes. If Covid restrictions are still in place, presentations will be delivered online to the panel online via zoom webinar. Technical support will be provided by the Churchill AV team.

The final presentations are to be delivered in person by either the individual or member(s) of the team making the entry.

The judges will select the winning entry based on a combination of the final presentation and the initial submission.

The Board’s decision will be final.



Winning entry:

  • £1,000 prize
  • ‘in-kind’ investment (advice, networking, mentoring, etc) by Board members based on the nature of the winning entry

Subsidiary prize:

  • “Most Innovative Technology” award worth £250

All competition finalists:

  • one-to-one mentoring support by a Board member during the competition
  • the potential to access ongoing ”in-kind’ investment (advice, networking, mentoring etc) by Board members, depending on the quality and nature of your entry



  • The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into regarding their decisions
  • The Churchill College Enterprise Competition is not affiliated with Cambridge Enterprise. Entry to the Cambridge Enterprise competition, or any similar event, does not preclude entry to this competition
  • No information or recommendations will be passed by the Churchill College Enterprise Board to Cambridge Enterprise or any other such competition
  • There is no limit on the number of entries an individual or team may make, provided that each entry represents a fundamentally different idea
  • Please note that all finalists may be contacted by Churchill College post-competition to request an update on your enterprise story
  • All competition finalists will be invited to dine in College with the judging panel and competition sponsors when College dining opens again to visitors.
  • By entering the competition participants consent to their preferred contact details being shared with the competition headline sponsor, unless they advise otherwise


Key dates

  • Deadline for submissions: Sunday 6 March 2022 (midnight)
  • Shortlist advised / mentors allocated: week commencing Monday 21 March 2022
  • Final presentations: Wednesday 27 April, Churchill College, Bevin Room



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