Student Start-up of the Year

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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. Videos of their pitches are below. After a public vote, we declared a winner.

The Student Start-up of the Year 2017 is ThinAir. Congratulations!

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Prizes Ssoty

  • £3,500 cash prize to turn your idea into business reality, contributed by 123 Reg
  • One day in London to build a business plan with experts, accountants and growth advisers
  • Suite of products from 123 Reg including free domain, website builder and Office 365
  • £500 Bing advertising credits
  • Profile on the Enterprise Nation blog and social media
  • 12 months free Enterprise Nation membership and support
  • Finalists all receive a year's free co-working space with The Office Group

Judging the semi-final 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