Find your perfect opportunity to develop your idea, test viability, raise your profile and tap into additional support from experts.

Unsure which opportunity is for you? Email enterprisesu@qub.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you decide!

Current opportunities

INVENT challenges inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists and startups with proof-of-concepts and prototypes in science & technology to discover their idea's commercial potential. Compete to win a share of a £33k prize fund, access to a global network and a place on a NI Tech Mission to California.

Apply by 23 Mar.

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards
The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards is an annual business pitching competition for student and graduate entrepreneurs. There's over £90,000 worth of equity free seed funding available, mentoring & support from business experts and exclusive access to an acceleration week. 

Apply by Fri 27 Apr. 

Techstart NI Proof of Concept Grants
Have an innovative idea but need some funding to explore it's viability? The Proof of Concept Fund aims to support entrepreneurs with grants directed towards exploring the viability and commercial potential of an innovation concept. You could receive a grant of up to £10k or £25k through Concept Plus.

Apply by Tues 10 April.

Student Entrepreneur Awards 
The Student Entrepreneur Awards are looking for ideas that blow their minds! Ideas that one day could become a business. With a prize fund of €35,000 and €30,000 worth of specialist advice to be won, this is the competition to help kick-start your business.

Apply by Fri 16 Mar. 

Enactus Belfast
Enactus Belfast brings together a diverse network of students, academics and industry leaders who share the vision of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.

Join now!

Entrepreneurial Spark
The world’s largest free Business Accelerator for early stage/growing ventures. Working in a collaborative office environment, businesses get free Wi-Fi, access to business enablement and support with a specialised mentors, networking opportunities, workshops, pitch practice and more.

Apply now! 

STEM Awards
Make a difference in the world. The Telegraph UK STEM Awards is a unique opportunity for the UK’s most talented and motivated undergraduates to present their world-changing ideas to industry movers and shakers – and potentially win £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme.

Apply by 19 Feb.

Ones to watch...

Keep an eye on these opportunities coming soon.

If you would like to register your interest for any of these opportunities just fill in this form and we will let you know when applications open again!

Dragons' Den
Come into the Dragons’ Den.

This year there is an even bigger prize pot of £10,000, office space for a year in ‘The Hatch’, and business advice all ready and waiting to be pried from the Dragons’ talons - everything you need to breathe fire into your new business.

What's the Big Idea

Open to all students at Queen’s who have exciting and novel business ideas.

With 11 award categories and £2,800 worth of prize money to be won in 2016 this competition also gives you a platform to launch your business or product idea.

innovateher programme

Calling all ambitious, savvy, entrepreneurial women at Queen’s.

If you want a peek into the world of work or think that starting a business might be for you but you need some inspiration, know how and support - this programme is for you.

Belfast Enterprise Academy
Belfast Enterprise Academy is for students who are serious about running their own business.

You'll: join a community of student led start ups; get behind the scenes in Belfast's best businesses and meet people who can help you make it happen!

Internship Opportunities - Enterprise SU

Would you like to gain valuable experience and develop your skills and knowledge in marketing, communication and project coordination?

Ever thought about working with us in Student Development?

Enterprise Workshops
We run a range of workshops throughout the year to help you develop your enterprise skills whether you are only starting to think about a business idea or you are already up and running. We have something for everyone so check out what's on offer now.

Register Now!

Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition
The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition offers early stage technology entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their business idea.

Plus they get to pitch for a place on one of NDRC's investment programmes and win cash prizes of up to €16,000 and other support.

Student Summit - Pitch Competition
Attention all Student Start Ups! Fancy winning €3,000?

The Student Summit are hoting a regional student pitch competition and are looking for the next great start up!

Could it be you?

Mass Challenge UK

This program connects high-impact, early stage startups with mentors, partners and investors.

Plus it provides the most high-impact support during a 4-month accelerator programme in London.

Get the chance to pitch your business idea at St. James's Palace.

Pitch@Palace offers the chance to get your Tech business idea in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level. Focusing on Human Tech it and will explore the potential impact of technology in our everyday lives.

Creative Queen's

Have you got an innovative product ready to hit the shelves?

The Queen's University Belfast Welcome Centre is offering one lucky student the chance to sell their product in store!

Social Storm

Are you passionate about finding solutions to world problems?

Social Storm is a 24 hour hackathon for students from any background or discipline, taking place on 11-12 November.

The Hatch

Want to develop your business but just can't find the space to do it?

The Hatch is a dedicated space in the Union that you could be lucky enough to use as your own office space for a year… absolutely free of charge!


Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Support
The Santander Universities Global Division is committed to supporting entrepreneurs through various awards and initiatives including internships, competitions and collaborative tools.

Help yourself to their online tools and support!

Farset Labs
Farset Labs is a hackerspace that provides a hub of creativity, technological experimentation and entrepreneurship for local professionals, students and interested hobbyists in the heart of Belfast. We facilitate technology initiatives and encourage hands-on learning by maintaining an open workshop and creative space that is available to all.

Catalyst Inc
Catalyst Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that invests the surplus generated from our agile workspace and facilities, providing the underwriting necessary for the community-led development of our entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. Key to their model is the co-location of major technology corporations, world-class research and startups.

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Kat Maguire
Enterprise & Development Officer

phone icon 028 90 97 1056

Catriona Henry
Enterprise Support Officer

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

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