Prize Giving

£5k Finalists - 2009

On Monday 16th March, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs announced the Finalists for the £5k phase of its annual Entrepreneurs' Challenge. Entrants had to convince the judges about the merits of their idea and the quality of their teams via an Extended Executive Summary.

A total of 25 entries were judged across three streams of the competition and 12 of those have have persuaded the judges to find out more. These lucky teams will spend the next 6 weeks writing their Business Plans for the final stage. The Finalists are:

AngioSplice, Foresight Pharmaceuticals, Gemstone, HivioSense, InDerm, iSolve, Magenta, MedTech, MetaAlternative, Operation Solar, PharmaWheels and Winter Willow.

We would also like to thank the generous support of our sponsors that makes this competition possible. They are ARM, Red Gate Software, Philips, Taylor Vinters and Cambridge Science Park.

Please click read more to learn about the Finalists' Cocktail Party and the winning teams.

The CUE Grand Finale

10 Jun 2023 - 18:00
10 Jun 2023 - 22:00

Mark your calendars now!

On the 10th of June the CU Entrepreneurs £5k Challenge grand prize winners will be announced. This event always proves to be a thrilling conclusion to the CUE contest so don’t miss it!

Additional details will follow.

£5k Finalists Cocktail Party

16 Mar 2023 - 18:00
16 Mar 2023 - 22:00

Venue: Cambridge Union (see a map here

Register here to guarantee your place

The entries have been judged! Come to the £5K Finalists Cocktail Party to see if your favourite team will get to continue to the final stages!

We are very proud to announce that we have Matt Schofield, CEO of Cambridge Network speaking this evening! Matt was the founding President of CUE and it is fantastic that he is back with us to help celebrate 10 years of the competition. The venue will be the Cambridge Union, between Sidney Street and Round Church Street. Come eat, drink, network and see if you agree with the judges!

— Programme —

The format of the evening is a networking session punctuated with a short talk and the Finalist Pitches. The timings are as follows:

  • 18:00 – Registration
  • 18:30 – Matt Schofield (CEO Cambridge Network)
  • 19:30 – Finalist Pitches
  • 21:00 – Close


Winners of the £1k Challenge 2008-2009

Last Friday, Cambridge University Entrepreneurs announced the winners of the £1k phase of its annual Entrepreneurs' Challenge. Entrants submitted a 1500 word Executive Summary for their business, which was reviewed by three panels of expert judges with a background in entrepreneurship and early-stage investment.

A total of 7 teams took home a prize of £1000 and presented their business in front of the audience. The winning teams are:

Automatic Gearshift, CamMicrobicide, Gemstone, Magenta, Operation Solar, iSolve and Vortex-MRAM.

We would like to thank the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning for their kind assistance in organising the judging meetings, and acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors that makes this competition possible. They are ARM, Redgate Software, Philips, Taylor Vinters and Cambridge Science Park.

A big well done to all of who entered, we look forward to seeing your ideas develop in the £5k phase of the competition!

Please click read more to learn about the prize giving ceremony and the winning teams.

£1k Challenge Awards Ceremony

23 Jan 2023 - 18:30
23 Jan 2023 - 21:00

Venue: Main Lecture Theatre, Dept of Engineering (map of entrance)

Confirmation emails have now been sent to all registrants. 

Cambridge University Entrepreneurs organises one of the most successful student-run business creation competitions in Europe and we would like to invite you to our £1k Awards Ceremony on 23 January 2009. At this event we will be giving away £1,000s of pounds to the next generation of Cambridge entrepreneurs.  Registration information can be found below.

Winners of the £100 Challenge!

A huge well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to the 20 winners!

  • Aidventure Ryan Sanderson-Smith
  • AlgaeLab Ben Sheppard, Karuga Koinange, Chris Bowler, David Valinsky, Oliver Hudson and Daniela Krug
  • Automatic Gear Shift Edwin Koh
  • Bloodline Cong Cong Bo
  • CamMicrobicide Arjun Goyal
  • Cancer Nanobullets Aron Rachamim
  • DHX Li Dong, David Clough, Helen Cavill, Matthew Leung
  • EZwind Jun Xu, Jiang Cao
  • GelHelmet Stuart Easton, Shamus Husheer
  • HotCrypt Tom Craig
  • Keep Africa Moving Arif Damji
  • M-RAM Chris Baker, Insiya Jafferji, Johann Jakob Napp, Simon Schlachter, B. Trappmann, X.Y. Xue
  • PK health Shohta Ueno, Alexandra Park
  • Securicath Sarah Gates
  • SINOLOGI Michael Tai
  • SuperTurbine Ruilin PEI
  • Therapeutic antibody design by microdroplet microfluidics Abigail Fox, Dave Marsden, Yanching Chu, Aron Rachamim, Parvez Hakim, Euvian Tan, Rene Gonzalez Campos
  • There's a Killer in the Kitchen Allen Chen, Julia Fan Li
  • WebLink Joao Pereira, Goncalo Perdigao
  • Zephyr Systems Cong Cong Bo, Corentin Roux dit Buisson

CUE Grand Finale

11 Jun 2023 - 18:00
11 Jun 2023 - 21:00

Date: Wednesday 11 June 2023
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: The Cambridge Union Building (Map)

Dress code: business dress 

Please register for this event here.

Back in October, we took groups of students, added a dash of inspiration, sprinkled with £1k prizes and nurtured with mentoring and business training - what did we get? 12 hugely promising teams ready to set up businesses.

At the CUE Grand Finale we will announce the winners of the Entrepreneurs' Challenge 2008. In addition to being awarded £5k each to kick-start their companies, each team will have the chance to pitch for further prizes before a panel of angel investors including Robert Sansom, Jonathan Milner, Adrian Critchlow and Ewan Kirk.

After the ceremony, you will be able to mingle with the winners and business community over drinks and refreshments at the Union bar.

We really do hope that you will be able to make it and look forward to welcoming you to our end of year finale. Please let us know whether you’ll be there either by registering online.

This event is part of Enterprising Cambridge, three days of intense entrepreneurial activity. Visit to find out more.

£1k Winners

The quality of the entries into the £1k Challenge this year is the highest it's ever been. In fact, the judges were so impressed that they decided to award 11 prizes this year instead of the usual 10. To all those who didn't win, we'd like to remind you that you had stiff competition and that there's no such thing as failure - only feedback, which is on its way to you.

So this year's £1k winners are:

  1. AI Speech
  2. AutoTB
  3. BeFree!
  4. Cambridge Quantum Technologies
  5. Drive Technologies
  6. Levitech
  7. PowerSilicon Technology - winner of the Cleantech Prize sponsored by Carbon Connections
  8. Rejuvinate
  9. Rescent
  10. Terroir Precision Viticulture

Well done!


£1k Awards Ceremony, with Levi Roots of Dragon's Den

30 Jan 2023 - 18:00
30 Jan 2023 - 20:00

Date: Wednesday 30 January 2023
Time: 6pm
Venue: Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ.

Last term, teams of budding entrepreneurs from Cambridge entered their business ideas into the £1k Challenge. On 30 January, 10 teams will be crowned winners and will walk away with £1000 each.

The Entrepreneurs’ Challenge has a history of success in creating companies. Since the first competition 9 years ago, we have had over 450 entries and awarded over £320,000 to 41 business ideas. These business ideas are now companies currently valued at more than £42m.

Join us at the CU Entrepreneurs’ £1k Awards Ceremony to meet the hottest entrepreneurs in Cambridge, network with the Cambridge business community and be serenaded by Britain’s entrepreneur of the moment, Levi Roots.

Levi Roots is a reggae musician, chef and entrepreneur. He gained widespread fame after singing his way into a £50k cash injection for his "Reggae Reggae Sauce", a barbeque sauce made to his grandmother’s secret recipe, on Dragons’ Den. Weeks later, Reggae Reggae Sauce sold out on its first day on the shelves of Sainsbury’s.

Please signup for this event using the following form:

Team Name, Company or Organisation:

Where Angels Dare 2007

Four teams of budding entrepeneurs took to the Cambridge 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 Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE), for a total prize fund of no less than £30,000. Click here to browse photographs of the event.

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