Posted: Fri 2nd Sep 2022
Enterprise Nation is excited to share details of its latest competition. In partnership with Santander, we're running the Santander X UK Awards for 2022.
First launched in 2011, the Santander X UK Awards are one of the nation's largest student and graduate business pitching competitions. To date, they have given start-ups and small businesses more than £600,000.
This year's programme has two categories:
Launch (for new businesses)
Accelerate (for growing businesses)
Innovative businesses can enter to win a range of exclusive prizes, including mentoring, start-up support and a share of £150,000 in funding.
Shortlisted businesses will have access to an intensive six-week programme of in-person and online training and the chance to pitch to a high-profile judging panel at the national final in London.
Small businesses taking part will join an online six-week training programme that ends with a pitching competition. There, the businesses will have the chance to win up to £15,000 to launch their idea or £20,000 to accelerate their existing business.
The programme includes:
expert-led masterclasses to kick off or scale start-ups
one-to-one support with mentors and advisers
pitching practice sessions to support participants in winning the competition
networking with like-minded entrepreneurs
The competition's total prize fund is £150,000. Winning businesses will automatically progress to the Santander X Global Award to compete against fellow entrepreneurs from across the world.