Student Start-up of the Year

Are you a student looking to start and grow a business? More young people than ever are considering self-employment over employment. Why? Because it's now perfectly possible to start and grow a successful business!

In January 2018, we'll be relaunching the Student Start-up of the Year competition, powered by Enterprise Trust.

The competition provides young people with the opportunity to win a host of prizes to help you and your business ideas flourish and grow. 

If you'd like to find out about when the competition goes live, please fill in your details below... 

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2018 competition timeline:

  • 13 January 2018: Launch and applications open at StartUp 2018
  • 25 February: Applications close at 11:59:59
  • 26 February: 10 finalists announced
  • 9 March: Pitching takes place and final 5 are chosen
  • 12 March: Final 5 announced and public voting opens 
  • 25 March: Public voting closes
  • 26 March: Votes counted and the winner announced

2017 Student Start-up of the Year competition:

In 2017, students and graduates at more than 50 educational institutions from across Britain entered Enterprise Nation's Student Start-up of the Year competition, powered by top technology enablers Microsoft and 123 Reg.

From the entries, 10 were shortlisted to pitch at Microsoft HQ in London. After an afternoon of impressive presentations, our expert judges shortlisted five to win the top prize. After a public vote, we declared ThinAir the winner! ThinAir won £3,500 in cash to help turn their business idea to a reality and other amazing prizes, including office space and mentoring.

The 2017 finalists were:

  • Ability Access
  • Lara Intimates
  • Pretzelmarie
  • ThinAir


Judging the 2017 competition was:

  • Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation
  • Oli Barret MBE, co-founder of StartUp Britain, Tenner and Cospa
  • Nick Leech, marketing director of 123 Reg
  • Amber Atherton, founder and CEO of MY FLASH TRASH and Rubric
  • Michael Eder, co-founder of
  • Yani Vladimirova, enterprise engagement manager of NACUE