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Sponsored by Santander, the competition offers the chance for emerging entrepreneurs from any degree discipline to have their ideas tested by a panel of business experts. 

They can also take part in a free 24 hour business planning boot camp Venture Adventure also sponsored by Santander. This is targeting students who are unsure of what a business plan entails and need support to develop their business idea, with a business plan to take it from brain-wave to business start-up.

The competition has been launched by the University’s Chester Business School, which encourages entrepreneurship as part of all its degree programmes and offers dedicated entrepreneurship courses at both its Queen’s Park Campus and Warrington Campuses:

Dr Connie Hancock, Head of Department for Business and Finance, said: “Each year our students amaze us with their entrepreneurial talent. Santander have been consistent in their commitment to supporting our students’ entrepreneurial endeavour and for their confidence and continued motivation we thank them.”

Rob Simmonds, Santander Universities, said: “Santander Universities have been supporting the Enterprise Challenge now for six years and, it is a tremendous pleasure for us to be part of the journey for such inspiring students and help them progress into their futures.  To be able to see the vision and passion is a truly amazing experience.” 

Last year’s winner was Hamza Hussain, aged 21, from Prestwich, Manchester studying a Business Management with Marketing degree. He impressed the judges with his ‘Curry Block’ idea to just add to the pan and follow the recipe for a perfect curry. It was a really good experience for Hamza who “learnt a lot” and was “over the moon with his win”.

The winning student or team of students will receive £1,000 towards their business, while £750 will go to the runner up and £500 for the third placed entry.

Students can apply online by for both the Enterprise Challenge Competition and Venture Adventure.

The closing date for the venture adventure is December 7, 2018 and for the Enterprise Challenge it is the February 15, 2019.  Entrants don’t have to take part in the boot camp to enter the Santander Enterprise Challenge and can email Connie Hancock if they need any further information.

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