Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) run one of the most successful business creation competitions in the world. Since 1999 CUE has evolved to being a key part of the University's ecosystem for supporting and accelerating entrepreneurship and innovation.
Congratulations to our £100 winners!
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Sam Chaudhary (ClassDojo), Andrew Thompson (Proteus Digital) and Stanley Yang (Neurosky) handed over winning prizes to outstanding business plan ideas in Life Sciences and Technology, Software and Social Entreprise. And the winners are…
Martyna Popis – Portable DNA sequencer that connects to an online database of rare diseases, allowing fast patient diagnosis from a blood sample only
Tom Mitchell – Fluorescently labelled nano-particles that utilise the particle matrix to transfer fluorescent energy with high-efficiency at near-infrared wavelengths for men diagnosed with localised prostate cancer.
Michael A. Anderson Burley - Using microfluidic hydrogel technology, differentiated human cell types can be assembled into 3D micro-organ systems (e.g. intestinal endothelium, liver). Human micro-organs allow precise environmental control, high-throughput screening, and toxicological relevance.
Allen Lin - VitalScope is a high-quality stethoscope that plugs into smartphones, has cloud-based diagnostic capacities for heart and respiratory problems, and is at least 10-fold cheaper.
Khoon Kheng - A new type of strong (to withstand pressure and shear) and chemical- resistant plastic container for petroleum and compressed natural gas to replace heavy metal containers.
Damon Civin - Biophotovoltaic cells to produce low-powered consumer products, such as Christmas trees powering their own fairy-lights.
Cheryl Brighton - Bio-photovoltiacs system developed by University of Cambridge academics harnesses the energy produced by plants using a conductive soil.
Enass Abo-Hamed - a novel “sponge-like” material that catalytically produces and stores hydrogen gas at room temperature, and on heating releases the hydrogen in a safe and on-demand manner.
Mohammad-reza Golabchi - Our patented nano-pillar covered surface solution inspired by Gecko’s extraordinary adhesive force is capable of efficiently collecting and reducing the density of particulate matter.
Joseph Mambwe - Intelligent home automation device that allows lights in homes to be easily automated without the need for invasive restructuring of the buildings internals.
Jordy Goldstein - A secure global address database for people, organizations, and companies to use when sending mail or parcels.
Joseph Mambwe - ”Stranded!” is a mobile app for commuters who often find themselves in situations where they have missed a connection or their transportation gets cancelled.
Regina Hung - A sensor connected to shower water supply to detect the amount of water used by each shower and reduce it when it surpasses certain pre-programmed level.
Joseph Mambwe – A social enterprise that is an online agricultural marketplace that connects African farmers with nearby city consumers.
David Greatrex and Anna Bluj (team) - ‘Network Translating’ is an attractive communicative online platform that automates quotes, data handling and links UK businesses with a network of specialised technical translators throughout Europe.
Jessica Ocampos - Biobanking and traditional cell storage use toxic agents with potential adverse effects in clinical transplant patients.
Robert Hoff – A central consolidated store for topical knowledge development: one’s ‘universe of data’ seen as an adapting, graph-like and organic entity.
Julia Powles – Precision kitchen technology, wirelessly integrating timing, temperature and agitation control for the everyday epicure.
Congratulations to our £100 winners!
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Sam Chaudhary (ClassDojo), Andrew Thompson (Proteus Digital) and Stanley Yang (Neurosky) handed over winning prizes to outstanding business plan ideas in Life Sciences and Technology, Software and Social Entreprise. And the winners are… Martyna Popis – Portable DNA sequencer that connects to an online database of rare diseases, allowing fast patient diagnosis from […]
Cambridge Hackathon!! Nov 2013
Cambridge University Entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley Comes to the UK teamed up this year to run a 2-day Cambridge Hackathon (Nov 2-3) as part of the national competition organised by Entrepreneur First, the London-based start-up incubator. The teams’ mission was to create a web or mobile app interface using data that governments have made public […]
Grand Launch 2013 October 17th
Find out more about the CUE business creation competition, which awards over £50K of cash and prizes to budding student entrepreneurs; listen to the experiences of outstanding speakers; and network over free wine and food. The Launch will also mark the start of the £100 for 100 words competition, where entrants stand to win £100 […]
CUE Partnership with SVC2UK 2013
CUE are excited to be partnering with SVC2UK on 7 and 8 November in Cambridge. Save the dates and register early! On 7 and 8 November, Cambridge is hosting a series of events as part of the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK initiative. This year, SVC2C has convened a superb lineup of entrepreneurs and […]
Ideas Take Flight
Ever had an idea that you thought could turn into a cool business, but wondered how? Looking at other successful start-ups, have you ever wondered "How do they do it?" The fact is that most successful entrepreneurs have, at some point or other, had a helping hand. With CUE's annual Ideas Take Flight competition, we can help turn your idea into commercial reality. The competition is open to entrants in three areas: Science and Technology, Social Enterprise and Software (click here for full rules and conditions). Although each area is run in three phases, you can enter any one or more at any stage before the respective closing date:
£100 for 100 words
"Write 100 words and convince our judges that your idea has legs"
Your entry can be in any of the three areas described above. Simply write 100 words describing your idea and enter for a chance to win one of twenty £100 prizes. At this stage the requirements are the same for each area.
Entering at this early stage will give you ample time to discuss your ideas and to access training and mentoring opportunities offered by CUE.
To enter at this stage email your entry to email@example.com before 27 October 2013
"Write a 1500 word executive summary to show your idea has wings"
Write a 1500 word executive summary of your idea for a chance to win one of ten £1k prizes before the final stage of the competition. At this stage the requirements are the same for all areas.
If you do not win this or the previous phase, you still can enter the final phase of the competition.
To enter at this stage, email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org before 20 January 2014.
"Convince judges and investors that your idea can fly!"
In the case of Science and Technology or Social Enterprise you will be required to produce a 3500 word business plan. In the case of Software you will need to present slides, a demonstration video and a 2000 word business plan.
If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to pitch your idea to a panel of investors and business angels for a chance to win one of six £5k prizes, an angel prize as well as potential investment in your business.
To enter at this stage email your entry to email@example.com before 17 April 2014
Enter the competition
Receive training, mentoring and/or sponsorship
Join the committee
Network and find like-minded people
The CUE Organisation
As an investor, there are various ways you can support CUE.
- Attend the networking and other events to give budding entrepreneurs the chance to talk to and interact with seasoned veterans
- Become a Judge for our flagship Ideas Take Flight event
- Invest directly in CUE to support us in growing the ecosystem
Needless to say, by becoming involved you will:
- Gain access to a growing body of early stage entrepreneurs and peers
- Grow your presence amongst the next generation of business leaders
- Be exposed to early stage technologies
- Gain an early “in” on investment opportunities
To discuss how you would like to be involved, please contact the CUE President.