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Closed: Student Start-up of the Year 2018

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! The competition is powered by Enterprise Trust and provides young people and recent graduates with the opportunity to win a host of business prizes and £2,500 cash investment.

Enterprise Trust is also supporting a series of free workshops in Birmingham and London that are aimed at young people interested in the start-up life.
Students and recent graduates from 200 colleges and universities across Britain entered this year's competition. We shortlisted 10 finalists who pitched to a panel of expert judges in London. The judges have now chosen the final five businesses who face a public vote. Watch the video pitches below and vote for your favourite.

Aimee Browes, The Happiness Bootcamp - student at Sheffield Hallam University

> Vote for The Happiness Bootcamp <

Rishi Gupta, Zero Waste Club - student at University College London

> Vote for Zero Waste Club <

Connor Peter Musoke-Jones, The Unity Door - student at Brunel University

> Vote for The Unity Door <

Olga Kravchenko, Memento - student at Kings College London

> Vote for Memento <

Umang Navnit Rajdev and Dr. Utsav Oza, Wazi - recent graduates at Univesity of Southampton

> Vote for Wazi <

Vote for who you think should be crowned Student Start-up of the Year 2018 here:


  • £2,500 cash investment
  • Free office space for 12 months with The Office Group
  • One year free Enterprise Nation membership and business support to all ten finalists, including the winner
  • A month's free supply of Propercorn popcorn
  • Profile on the Enterprise Nation blog and social media

  • 13 January 2018: Launch and applications open
  • 25 February: Applications close at 23:59:59
  • 28 February: 10 finalists announced
  • 9 March: Pitching takes place and final five are chosen
  • 14 March: Final five announced and public voting opens 
  • 27 March: Public voting closes at 5pm
  • 28 March: Votes counted and the winner announced


  • Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation
  • Oli Barrett MBE, co-founder of StartUp Britain, Tenner, social innovation agency Cospa and Speednetwork the Globe
  • Michael Eder, co-founder of Studentbeans.com
  • Yani Vladimirova, Enterprise Engagement Manager at NACUE
  • Jonathan Risley, CEO of ThinAir Water and winner of Student Start-up of the Year 2017


Terms and conditions:

  • Entries must be from individuals based within the UK
  • All information submitted in your entry will be shared with the judging panel
  • All questions within the application form must be answered and submitted by 23:59:59 on 25 Feb 2018
  • All applicants must be  enrolled in some form of at least part-time education or left education in the previous 24 months as of 25 Feb 2018
  • Entrants must have an idea for a business that is not yet trading or be running a business that has been trading for no more than 24 months
  • Got questions? Email Lorna Bladen at hello@enterprisenation.com for support

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.

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! 

The 2017 finalists were:

  • Ability Access
  • Lara Intimates
  • Pretzelmarie
  • ThinAir