Churchill College Enterprise Competition

Capturing the spirit of Churchill’s intent to produce the leaders of the future.

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Churchill College Enterprise Competition

Capturing the spirit of Churchill’s intent to produce the leaders of the future.

Competition rules Watch the video

About

Capturing the spirit of Churchill’s intent to produce the leaders of the future, this competition seeks to identify the best business ideas of current Churchill students and alumni.

The aim of this competition is to create an environment where Churchill students and alumni can gain knowledge and skills in whatever future direction their careers take: corporate, banking, consulting or entrepreneurship.

The competition is open to all current members of College, including alumni, with an innovative service or product they would like to develop. Prizes include mentoring and cash prizes to enable participants to develop their ideas further.

There will be an open advisory session in College on Tuesday 29 January at 7.30pm, for prospective entrants to ask questions and gain some one-to-one advice on potential submissions. The submission deadline is Friday 1 March 2019.Enterprise Competition 2019 Social Card

"Since winning, our entrepreneurial journey has expanded by engaging more with the entrepreneurial community in Cambridge. We are now at the stage of complementing and finalising the patent assignment"

Igor Romanov, member of UroLogic - 2015 winners

Competition Rules

Competition sponsors

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Headline sponsor

The Churchill College Enterprise Competition is being generously supported for the next three years by our headline sponsor; the Federation of Shenzhen Commerce (FSC). The FSC is a mutual-benefit and non-profit social organisation formed by the top Shenzhen entrepreneurs for acquiring important information, social and governmental resources.

FSC

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Supporting sponsors

Our supporting sponsor ideaSpace has offered the winning team free part-time membership to ideaSpace for a year. 

ideaSpace

Our supporting sponsor CyberHive is delighted to sponsor a £250 award for the the team with the "Most Innovative Technology". CyberHive is a technology company, led by two Cambridge graduates with a mission to thwart cyber criminals and make data breaches a thing of the past. Its patented "Trusted Cloud" cyber security technology was launched in July 2018.

CyberHive

Our judges are all Churchill alumni or current Fellows—eminently qualified and successful in diverse sectors such as investment, management, research and manufacturing

Meet our judges

Nigel Bacon

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Meet Nigel
Dr Golnaz Borghei

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Richard Brockbank

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Harry Bullivant

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Dr Steve Churchhouse

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Philip Hilton

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Valerie Joliffe

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Simon Jones

Meet competition judge Simon

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Professor Tim Minshall

Meet competition judge Tim

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Alan Platt

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Simon Jones

Simon Jones (U85) on the opportunities this competition offers.

Through the Churchill Enterprise Competition we are bringing a bit of that magic into College in the expectation that we can bolster the chances of success of specific start-up ideas and also broaden your business awareness in ways that can help you any professional capacity you take on. Think of mentoring as an “on-the-job MBA” experience —you have the opportunity to engage with a great panel of alumni and mentors as part of this programme that I really wish we would have had access to as students and recent alumni

So please look at how you could take advantage of this, however early formed your business ideas may be we are here to assist and make sense of them.  Who knows what could come out of this and what we could all learn in the process. Already several students have been in touch with Board members to discuss their ideas. One things many of us know about is sources of finance for great ideas—the lifeblood of entrepreneurs.

As Chair of the Churchill Enterprise Initiative I can point to my own experience. Three years after leaving Churchill, I had one of the most transformative experiences of my career—this was the entrepreneurial management course at Wharton Business School. We were exposed to successful alumni entrepreneurs, large companies CEOs who put their success down to this course, corporate financiers and other advisers who opened our minds to art of what is possible in business. The Churchill Alumni involved in the Enterprise Initiaitive would like to create a similar opportunity for current students and alumni. 

The aim of myself and the Board is to create an environment where Churchill students and alumni can gain knowledge and skills in whatever future direction their careers take: corporate, banking, consulting or entrepreneurship.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your proposals and the deadline for submission is 1 March 2019.

The prize is £1000 including experienced business mentoring that could be valued in multiple thousands if accessed on the open market.

— Simon Jones, Chair of the Churchill Enterprise Initiative.

Useful Links

The University Enterprise Network

This website provides the best overview of everything to do with enterprise across Cambridge University.

The University Enterprise Network

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE)

Find out more about the activities run by the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs including their prestigious £1K and £5K competitions.

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs

Churchill College Engineering Society (ChuEng)

Churchill College Engineering Society (or ChuEng for short) is an academic and social hub for the engineering community of Churchill, from Undergrads to Fellows. We run events, talks, and socials throughout the year as well as showcasing the engineering talent of the college both past and present.

Churchill College Engineering Society