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What? 🔥

Competition time! Do you have a business or a business idea that is going to be huge one day? There is your first win! Step 2: come and pitch it! We offer you a chance to win a cash prize of up to £1,400, network with amazing students and judges and put your business or business idea in front of a bigger audience.

Why? 🦄

Startup Games is the only competition at the University of Birmingham that gives students a possibility to win a cash prize to further grow their businesses or make their business idea a reality. This is going to be the 3rd edition of our pitching contest and this year we are back with a more advanced format, high-level judging panel, free pizza and more significant cash prize!

How does it work? 🔭

There are 2 categories available - a registered business (including sole traders) and a business idea. Enter here for the Games by filling out the application form. This is the Round 1 of the games. Your application form will be judged by the Startup Society committee and the B-Enterprising team. We will be selecting 6 finalists per category. If you are successful, you will be invited to the pitching contest - WELCOME TO THE GAMES!

What's in it for me? 💸

1st place in each category - £1,000 + Golden Minute during the Birmingham Connections event; 2nd place in each category - £500; 3rd place in each category - £300; Innovation prize (for one out of all 12 finalists) for the most innovative business or business idea - £400. Each of the finalists will receive £200 so that they can have their own stalls during startup connections alongside other startups.

Who? 🦈

Everybody who is a student of the University of Birmingham is welcome to participate! No other requirements.

When? ⏳

The deadline to submit your applications is the 26th of January 2020. We will let you know if you have made it to the Games by the 11th of February 2020. The final will take place on the 10th of March.

So… what do I do?

All you need to do is share your awesome business/idea with us by filling out the application form and wait - the rest is on us!
If you're an entrepreneur, you've probably already clicked the button above and filled out the application form. If you're still hesitating, let us give you a couple of good reasons why you should apply (the list is actually endless):
  • You will practice pitching and communicating your ideas in a concise and professional manner.
  • You will get to compete and network with the brightest entrepreneurial minds at UoB.
  • You will have a chance to win up to £1,400.
  • You will meet judges from all around the UK with expertise in a whole variety of industries and areas related to startups and entrepreneurship.
You see where we're going with this? We can go on forever but instead you could just apply and see for yourself!
If you have any questions, we would be more than happy to talk with you at one of our events, over email ([email protected]) or Facebook Messenger.

The Judges

Coming soon. We will announce each judge weekly.
Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn

Founder of In Touch with Health and ex-CEO of Aston University project spin-out
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Steve Page

CEO at Mobile Commerce Ltd
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Dr Adrian Burden

Serial technology entrepreneur and commentator on business and innovation
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Judge #4

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Judge #5

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Judge #6

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Judge #7

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Judge #8

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Agenda of the Finals

Time Event
15:30 - 16:00 Judges' Arrival
16:00 - 16:30 Arrival & Networking
16:30 - 17:00 Relocation to (VENUE) where the final takes place
17:00 - 17:15 Registration (starts at 4 and ends at 5:15)
17:15 - 17:20 Opening remarks
17:20 - 17:30 Idea 1 & Business 1
17:30 - 17:40 Idea 2 & Business 2
17:40 - 17:50 Idea 3 & Business 3
17:50 - 18:10 Coffee Break + time for post 1st round deliberation
18:10 - 18:20 Idea 4 & Business 4
18:20 - 18:30 Idea 5 & Business 5
18:30 - 18:40 Idea 6 & Business 6
18:40 - 18:50 Closing of finals