Emerging Entrepreneurs 

About the challenge

Santander is committed to fostering entrepreneurship within UK universities, providing over £2m of funding each year to support entrepreneurship across our 85 university partners.


The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards was launched in 2011 and has since grown to become one of the UK's largest student and graduate business pitching competitions. 2020 marks the 10th year of the competition, and to celebrate we are running the Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme, a five month virtual programme of dedicated support for student/graduate start-ups from 83 of our university partners. 

As part of this programme, the businesses will be entering the Emerging Entrepreneurs Crowdfunding Challenge, where they will be crowdfunding to drive engagement for their businesses, and will have the chance to win a £6,000 cash prize. 

Launching in August 2020, businesses will have access to coaching from our partners at Crowdfunder, including online events and one-to-one coaching, on how crowdfunding can benefit your business, and how to create a successful campaign.

From 1st September until 29th September, the teams will compete to drive engagement in their business. People who follow a project will show their support by following, sharing (+1 point) or pledging (+10 points). This engagement will determine places on the leaderboard, and the business with the highest engagement score on 29th September will win a cash prize! Read the competition terms here

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Businesses create engaging crowdfunding campaigns. They’ve set the foundations.

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Ready, set, crowdfund! 

Businesses attract project follows, shares and pledges, all aiming for pole position.

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The business with the highest score will win a cash prize, announced during the National Final!

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