May Ball

Celebrating Student Enterprise at Queen's University Belfast



This year, Enterprise SU are celebrating student enterprise at Queen's by hosting a May Ball. 

The May Ball will be a glittering black tie event, taking place on the evening of Friday 10 May in the spectacular Great Hall at Queen's. The event will showcase and award the high calibre of students who we've worked with over the years and thank our support networks, both within Queen's and externally.

During the event, the following categories will be awarded:

  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Enterprise Educator of the Year
  • Rising Star
  • Enterprise Champion
  • People's Choice
  • Innovateher of the Year 

We are giving local businesses, organisations and departments the opportunity to be involved in this celebratory event through availing of a Sponsorship Package.

If you would like to secure a package or find out more about this opportunity please email enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk.

All ticket proceeds from this event will go towards the work of our RAG Charity Children’s Heartbeat Trust who support families of children and young people with heart disease in Northern Ireland.


The May Ball will be a spectacular event, celebrating the hard work and creativitiy of entrepreneurial staff and students across Queen's University.

If you would like to nominate yourself, a friend or someone who inspires you, please fill in our nomination form for one, or even two, categories.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday 12 April

Download the May Ball Terms and Conditions.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

This award will be given to an individual student from Queen’s University Belfast to recognise their entrepreneurial achievements. Nominations for this category must outline how the nominee has demonstrated success in the creation or ongoing management of a student led venture. Nominees must show competence in the demonstration of an entrepreneurial mind-set, applying creativity and innovation to their venture. Ventures can include new or existing businesses, profit making activities, not-for-profit projects or social enterprises. Nominations should provide evidence of the above, with an emphasis on projects delivered since 2018. £500 prize money will be given to the recipient of this award.

Enterprise Educator of the Year

This award will be given to member of staff from Queen’s University Belfast who has supported and championed the teaching of enterprise. Nominations should outline how the nominee has encouraged and supported students to be entrepreneurial either within their field of study, or through the uptake of extra-curricular activities. Nominations should give examples of how the nominee has inspired an entrepreneurial mind-set and creative approach amongst their students.

Rising Star

This award will be given to a student from Queen’s University Belfast who, despite being at the early stages of entrepreneurship, shows significant potential for future impact.  Nominations should outline the nominee’s entrepreneurial skill set such as leadership, creativity and ambition. Those nominated should be currently working on, or have started working on, an innovative business idea or start-up.

Enterprise Champion

This award will be given to a student from Queen’s University Belfast who has shown a willingness to donate their time and efforts to the work of Enterprise SU. Those nominated should present evidence of being involved in a range of entrepreneurial activity and have acted as a role model for aspiring student entrepreneurs. 

People's Choice

This award will be given to a student from Queen’s University Belfast who successfully gains the support and votes of the audience during the May Ball. Nominations should outline why the nominee is deserving of an opportunity to pitch their business idea at the event, through demonstrating their passion/knowledge for their business venture and it’s unique selling points. £100 prize money will be given to the recipient of this award.

Innovateher of the Year

This award will be given to a student from Queen’s University Belfast who successfully completed the 12 week Innovateher programme run by Enterprise SU.  The nominated student should demonstrate how they have shown a willingness to learn about entrepreneurship through their programme attendance, participation and engagement.  The nominee must have assisted in the creation of a business model canvas, pitched their idea to a panel of judges and inspired their fellow students through their individual and group contributions.  £300 will be given to the recipient of this award.

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Judith Maguire
Enterpri‌se SU Manager

Kat Maguire
Enterpri‌se Development Officer

Victoria Coulter
Enterpri‌se Support Officer

Robyn Wilson
Enterpri‌se Intern


You can contact us on:

phone icon 028 9097 2516

email icon enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk
address icon Second Floor
Students' Union


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