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.
CUE Grand Launch - October 16th
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 for a simple 100 word summary of any business idea!
Book your ticket NOW: https://cuegrandlaunch2014.
- Professor Christopher Lowe (Introduction by Darrin Disley, CEO at Horizon Discovery Group plc)
- SimPrints (Winner of 2013 CUE competition)
- Jon Bradford (Managing Director of Techstars)
CUE Grand Launch – October 16th
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 Grand Finale: £5K Competition Winners & Finalists
Congratulations to our winners and finalists (runner-ups) for the £5K Business Competition!! Technology Stream Finalist LogSquared: The world’s first clinical anesthesia brain monitor that translates a patient’s neurophysiology under sedation into a visual interface for easier and safer drug titration. Technology Stream Winner OncoLinx is commercializing a propriety class of toxins, azonafides, for use in […]
Congratulations to the 1K Competition Winners!!
Congratulations to our winners and finalists (runner-ups) for the 1k£ competition! Read on for a brief outline of the best ideas. The detailed summaries can be found here: CUE 1K Public Summaries. In no particular order… Technology & Life Sciences Winners Camses (Giorgio Divitini & Caterina Ducati) We developed a catalyst based on TiO2, a standard […]
The competition is now open! Submit your idea to our judges until January 20th to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our second sub competition is for you to develop your business opportunity and write an executive summary of no more than 1500 words. The £1k prizes are awarded to well-presented propositions that show clear market potential and competitive advantages. […]
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.
Submit your entry here.
"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.
"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 the £5k prizes, the angel prize as well as potential investment in your business.
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.