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 Appathon UK 2014
In collaboration with SVC2UK and the Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Sherry Coutu, CUE is proud to present the Cambridge Appathon on the 1st and 2nd of November 2014 at Engineering Department, LR6.
Book your ticket now and join us for 48 hours of fun!
With free beer and pizza, you’ve got everything to last the weekend and build something great. In addition, the ability to pitch and present your idea to the judges at the end of the weekend will be invaluable. Don’t forget some of these judges are angel investors, partners at venture capital firms, or potential mentors that could transform your startup and help you scale. This will be an invaluable opportunity for members of the cambridge community to ‘start up’ and is open to anyone – undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, anyone passing through or living in the city, etc..
Saturday, 1 November
Team formation and brainstorming: 13.30
Lunch arrives: 14.30
Hacking begins: 17.00
Hacking continues: 19.00
Pizza arrives: 19.30
Hacking continues: 22.00
Sunday, 2 November
Venue opens – Breakfast and Coffee: 10.00
Hacking continues: 12.30
Lunch arrives: 16.30
Teams prepare 2min “Show and Tell”: 17.00
Show and Tell from all teams, with judges voting: 18.00
Presentation of awards and what happens next: 19.30
CUE Appathon UK 2014
In collaboration with SVC2UK and the Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, Sherry Coutu, CUE is proud to present the Cambridge Appathon on the 1st and 2nd of November 2014 at Engineering Department, LR6. Book your ticket now and join us for 48 hours of fun! With free beer and pizza, you’ve got everything to last […]
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 […]
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.
Submission deadline has passed.
"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.