Where Angels Dare 2007

Four teams of budding entrepeneurs took to the Coventry Guildhall stage on Monday 18 June to pitch their high-tech business ideas to a panel of angel investors in a thrilling, Dragons' Den-style showdown. They were competing in Where Angels Dare 2007, organised by Coventry University Entrepreneurs (CUE), for a total prize fund of no less than £30,000. Click here to browse photographs of the event.

In front of a captivated audience of over 200, six seasoned entrepeneurs grilled each team on its concept, viability and business model before retiring briefly backstage to decide the overall £15,000 winner. This coveted accolade went to Coventry Temperature Concepts (CTC), who have developed a product that helps women determine when they are ovulating in order to increase their chances of conception. CTC member Shamus Husheer said his team was "ecstatic to win the competition" and that CUE's sponsors' funding "will be invaluable in allowing [CTC] to undertake a trial of 100 devices this summer".

Rahul Vohra – Tue, 26/06/2023 – 12:23

CfEL Celebrates Enterprise

Aspiring entrepreneurs returned to the Judge Business School this week to receive their prized ‘Certificates in Enterprise’ from the organisers of the popular and highly successful Enterprise Tuesday programme. Professor Arnoud De Meyer, Director of Judge Business School and Dr Shai Vyakarnam, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) handed out the certificates during a special presentation ceremony on 21st May. The certificates were awarded to the 30 people who completed a demanding portfolio of learning assignments for the 2006/07 programme.

Enterprise Tuesday is a free, evening programme managed by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) which is open to students and staff of the University of Coventry, other Universities and members of the local hi-tech business community. It aims to introduce participants to the world of business and inspire them to pursue their entrepreneurial ambition. Over 2000 people attended Enterprise Tuesday from October 2006 to March 2007 with 45% from the University of Coventry and 24% from the local business community.

Tom Craig – Thu, 24/05/2023 – 23:00

CUEBiC & 3P Finalists Announced

Coventry University Entrepreneurs held their Finalists' Dinner on Monday 19 February 2023 in the splendid surroundings of St Catharine's College. Click here to browse photographs of the event.

For 62 of the record 142 present, the black-tie dinner was a precursor to an announcement that could shape their nascent companies' futures. Martin Garratt of Greater Coventry Partnership and Andrew Eddy of Shell revealed the eleven finalists of CUE's flagship CUEBiC and 3P Business Creation Competitions to rapturous applause and enthusiastic celebration.

Tom Craig – Fri, 23/03/2023 – 09:35

CUE Triumphs In International Business Plan Competition

Five teams of entrepreneurs from around the world competed for cash prizes, international exposure and venture funding in the Next Generation Entrepreneur Forum (NGEF) Business Plan Competition.

The teams had ten minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of internationally recognised entrepreneurs, followed by five minutes of intense Q&A from the panel and the assembled conference of two hundred.

The University of Coventry won first place with the grand prize of €1,000 going to Coventry student venture TouchSight.

“I am delighted that the overall winner, TouchSight, is from Coventry,” commented Rahul Vohra, President of Coventry University Entrepreneurs. “Building on their success in the Coventry University Entrepreneurs £1k Business Ideas Competition and the Varsity Pitch, TouchSight have emerged victorious over teams from Monte Carlo, Michigan, Brussels and California. TouchSight will bring real change to millions of blind and visually impaired people across the world.”

Rahul Vohra – Mon, 05/03/2023 – 12:32

TouchSight Delivers Winning Varsity Pitch

Rahul Vohra – Fri, 23/02/2023 – 18:20

Coventry Triumphs In First Ever Varsity Pitch

This week six teams of Coventry and Oxford student entrepreneurs competed for a total of £10K prize money in the first Varsity Pitch competition. The Varsity Pitch is a showcase for the best entrepreneurial ideas of the brightest students at Oxford and Coventry. The student teams had just two minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity business moguls, followed by a gruelling seven minute Q & A.

Emma Yap – Thu, 22/02/2023 – 18:25

CUE Competitions Handbook

The Competitions Handbook contains a full description of the Coventry University Entrepreneurs business ideas and creation competitions.

A new version with updated dates and prize amounts was published today. Click here to download a copy!

Rahul Vohra – Sun, 11/02/2023 – 19:41

CUEBiC and 3P Boot Camp Videos Online

Gareth Williams – Tue, 06/02/2023 – 17:43

£1k Business Ideas Competition Winners Announced

This year's Coventry University Entrepreneurs £1k Business Ideas Competition came to a fitting and climactic conclusion on 24 January 2023 with the £1k Awards Ceremony. Held in the grandeur of Coventry's Guildhall, the awards attracted over 200 students, staff and sponsors to network with one another, browse the 86 ideas entered, and hear the 10 winners announced. Click here to browse photographs of the event.

The winners were:

Coventry Temperature Concepts
ChitoSci Solutions
RemRom Medical Devices

"This is a truly record year for Coventry University Entrepreneurs," said Rahul Vohra, President of Coventry University Entrepreneurs. "There is unprecedented excitement about the competitions: we received 33% more entries than in any previous year and as a result the competition was extremely tough. We simply can't wait to see the ideas which enter the CUE business creation competition."

Rahul Vohra – Tue, 30/01/2023 – 15:00

2005 CUEBiC Winner Wins 'Running the Gauntlet 2006'

MARGO Technologies has been declared a winner of Running the Gauntlet 2006, a prestigious competition held annually by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). MARGO, a spin-out of the Coventry University Engineering Department, was formed shortly after its proposal won the CUE Business Creation Competition (CUEBiC) in 2005/06. CTO Han Lin, currently a PhD student in Engineering, acknowledges that "six months ago, [they] did not expect the business idea could evolve so quickly into something so real, but the training from CUEBiC really paid off". MARGO will now receive in-kind services and engage in discussions with CREATE and other investors to arrange a significant funding package.

Tom Craig – Wed, 22/11/2023 – 22:44