Mar 2012 13

Here is the list of prizes we are giving out for the CUE £5K competition this year. We have many prizes to give out, worth over £40K, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors! Seize your chance to win!

  • Up to five £5K winning teams across the four streams.
  • One £7.5K prize for the best life science team
  • Two £2.5K prize for the best entrepreneurs
  • One Angel Prize
  • One free place on Ignite program.

Special thanks to all our sponsors and collaborators: Horizon Discovery Ltd, Carpe Diem, EPSRC, RedGate Software, Coventry Angels, Coventry Science Park, Ensors, Coventry IP, Center for Entrepreneurial Learning, Coventry Enterprise.

Information about Ignite Program:

Ignite is an intensive, one-week training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate innovators to trial and prepare business ideas for the commercial environment. Comprised of a blend of practical teaching sessions, expert clinics, mentor sessions and experienced advice and support from leading entrepreneurs and innovators, it will give you the tools, contacts and confidence to transform your idea into a successful business project or venture. Ignite attracts a diverse range of projects which can be broadly categorised as being from the high-tech sector or life sciences sector. The next programme runs from 1st to 6th July 2012.

CfEL is offering one free place to a winner of the CUE £5k Business Creation Competition.  Ignite is designed for people with technology related business ideas.  The winning team should select one person to take up the free place and this person should complete our online application form  Please contact Frances Bycroft, Programme Manager, via if you have any questions.


Mar 2012 12

Thank you to all those who took part in CUE’s £5K training! We hope that the session gave you a better understanding of the different aspects of a business plan and we wish that you can translate this knowledge into winning entries in our 5K Challenge.

If you would like to refresh yourself on the various talks, you can download the audio recordings and slides from the links below.


Talk 1: What a judge expects to see in the £5K competition.

Talk 2: Conducting effective market research.

Talk 3: Dealing with general legal issues.


Talk 1: What a judge expects to see in the £5K competition

Talk 2: Conducting effective market research

Talk 3: Financing your business

Talk 4: Dealing with general legal issues

Talk 5: Intellectual property

Mar 2012 08

You can now register to enter the CUE £5k Competition by following in the steps in the registration form:

CUE £5k Competition Registration Form

Please make sure you complete all tasks outlined in the form above to ensure a valid entry!

The deadline is 5pm, Friday, 27th April 2012. All forms (electronic and hard-copy) must be RECEIVED by the deadline.


Mar 2012 08

Follow the easy steps below to find a mentor for your team.
Step 1: Decide that you will enter the CUE £5K competition.
Step 2: Write a short summary of your business idea (around 100 words)
Step 3: Decide what kind of expertise in a mentor that you are looking for (Market research, Finance, Legal Issues, IP or others)
Step 4: Send your short summary with the requested mentor specialty to
Step 5: CUE will pair you up with a mentor whose specialty matches your requests.
Step 6: Write to the mentor and arrange a convenient time and venue for your meeting.

Mar 2012 04

“The kudos endemic in startup competitions carries an equally important payback to any cash prizes, the keynote speaker told Coventry University Entrepreneurs’ £1k winners.

Professor Ian White, from the university’s Department of Engineering, said that while CUE had awarded over £500k in prize money to more than 40 start-ups since 1991 there was far more to winning than the cash….”