Competitions and awards
Competitions and awards are a fantastic way to show employers just what you can do.
Whether it's a chance to get an innovative business idea off the ground, study abroad or secure funding for the internship of a lifetime, it's a great way to stand out from the crowd.
Below you will find a selection of various challenges and awards. If you wish to search for further awards or scholarships, please log into JobsLive, click on 'Find a vacancy' and filter the Vacancy type by 'Studentships, scholarships & awards'.
Competitions, Surveys and Awards
Want to earn an official extra from Imperial on your graduation transcript? Do you want recognition for your employer-friendly attributes? Then the Imperial Award is for you.
Open to all current students (and designed with input from the Careers Service), Imperial Award gives you a completely private online portfolio to use as a diary or journal. The interactive journal lets you identify your best evidence to enhance your CV and, if you wish, to back up your claim to the assessors (one page of writing). The assessors give written, individual feedback. Multiple assessment periods are offered.
Why? College wants you to develop and rehearse the reflective self-awareness that employers seek from graduates and College is willing to recognise it, formally.
Simply register by logging in with your College username and password, click on ‘guidance’ to watch the promo video and read the Student Guidance pack [pdf], which contains all the information you need to start working towards the Imperial Award. Once you've registered, you’ll hear from the Award team about upcoming workshops and further guidance to support your progress.
It is free, has immediate benefits, runs all year and could enhance your official transcript.
Find out more here: Imperial Award.
14th China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition
First launched in 2006, the competition was one of the “Prime Minister’s Initiative” projects in the UK, aiming to encourage new business ventures between China and the UK and is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms.
This year, the competition is organised by the University of Surrey, co-organised by the University of Suffolk, UK International Innovation Centre (UKIIC Accelerator), China Innovation and Development Association (CIDA) UK, and supported by more than ten organizations across China and the UK, including Huawei Student Developer Program (HSD). It focuses on five areas of technological innovation: smart city and smart manufacturing, APP development, medicare, materials and hardcore technology, AI and Blockchain, and sustainable development solutions.
This is an excellent opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and business creativity to a real-world situation on an international stage. Besides cash prizes, winners will get more, including but not limited to incubator investment, HSD support, investment service, and entrepreneurship training.
Applications are now open and close on 30 January 2022. Visit the CIDAUK website for more information and details on how to apply.
51st St. Gallen Symposium
The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiative for cross-generational debates on economic, political, and social developments – completely organised by students. In a time where innovative ideas are needed the most, our Global Essay Competition provides graduate and post-graduate students with an opportunity to share and sharpen their points of view. Selected participants, will be invited to an all expenses covered trip to Switzerland, the top three entrants from the essay competition have the unique opportunity of presenting their ideas in front of a world-renowned audience and to share the grand prize of CHF 20'000.
The 51st St. Gallen Symposium will be held under the topic “Collaborative Advantage” from 5–6 May 2022. Visit the 51st St. Gallen Symposium website for further details and details on how to apply.
Accuracy Business Cup 2022
Accuracy Business Cup (ABC) is a global competition that provides an opportunity to gain exposure to an international finance and strategy project. Students who take part will have the opportunity to work on real-life business cases involving a major listed company. During the competition, they will work under the supervision of Accuracy consultants and the best teams will present their recommendations to senior employees of the subject company.
For further details and to register for your place visit the Accuracy website. Registration is now open and closes on 28 February 2022.
Hack the Globe 2022
BCG and Global Spark are proud to present Hack the Globe 2022!
This March, join 300+ bright, passionate students in building innovative solutions to the most pressing development challenges around the world! The competition mobilizes teams of students to create tech-based ideas to help address global issues, with guidance from experts at the forefront of innovation and social impact.
Hack the Globe 2022 will be a fully international, virtual event, and will feature many high-profile partner organizations to give you a full learning experience. Our network of partners includes Boston Consulting Group, Google, MaRS, League of Innovators, Georgian, and several international NGOs - such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, World Food Programme, Save the Children, and many others.
Unlike traditional hackathons, teams will have two weeks to scope a problem and formulate an idea for a tech-based social enterprise while working with topic experts from leading global NGOs and a dedicated team mentor from BCG.
No coding or prior hackathon experience necessary; university students from all academic backgrounds are welcome!
Apply in a team of four or solo by 23 January.
- 5 March - kick off
- 18 - 20 March - Hackathon
Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurship 2022 (ICE-22)
ICE-22 is a free, virtual competition about innovation and entrepreneurship. It is open to all university students and recent graduates from the Europe and the UK – no matter what subject you study or how tech-savvy you are.
You can form a team with your friends or join an existing team to develop your ideas, learn new skills, forge new connections, win prizes and have lots of fun!
The Hackathon is free to enter and takes place between 24 February and 18 March). For more information and to join visit the ProjectSet website.
Run by Agorize, Studyka is the leading open innovation challenge platform that brings together students, startups, and developers. Take part in the best student challenges! Mix your skills, win prizes, and be noticed by companies.
See all the current challenges.
TCS Codevita Season 10
TCS CodeVita is a coding contest for students, where you have a choice of eight programming languages to solve six programming challenges in six hours.
It is an individual contest with a 24-hour window, during the 24 hours, students can log-in at any time and take the coding challenge. Once you start the contest, your six hour timer starts off, and you can attempt the questions in any order.
Visit the TCS Codevita website to look at sample questions, past winners and find out more details on the competition.
Register by 23 January 2022.
The Adobe Digital Edge Awards
Industry leading tech company, Adobe, have launched a dedicated award for all UK university students to celebrate the incredible work students produce as part of their courses. They are inviting you to enter work where you have used digital skills and Adobe apps to improve your coursework, and are offering over £24,000 in student prizes – with a top award of £9,250 in cash!
As the workplace becomes increasingly competitive, it is crucial for you to set yourself apart and develop skills that will take you further. This opportunity to take part in the Adobe Digital Edge Awards will develop your critical thinking, problem solving, collaborative and creative skills - ensuring that you communicate with impact both at university and in the workplace.
The awards are open to students from all courses, and work will be judged against those with similar academic and creative backgrounds. To find out your brief, go to the Digital Edge Awards page and select your subject from the drop-down. You will either be asked to upload existing coursework you have already created this academic year, or to reimagine a piece of work with Adobe apps for your chance at winning the prize money and the prestigious award.
Entries are open now and close on 31 May 2022. If you want to know more about the award, visit the Adobe website.
The Discovery Fund
The Discovery Fund (formerly the Pioneer Fund) is a grant programme providing up to £500 for students and recent alumni who want to explore an early stage idea.
We’ve developed the Discovery Fund, which runs from December to March, to help you get out of the building, find customers, design business experiments and discover if an idea is worth pursuing.
It’s not just about the money. We also help you develop the practical entrepreneurial skills you need to make the most of your grant. You’ll have access to our dedicated online learning module “Testing Business Ideas” and receive expert coaching and facilitated peer-to-peer mentoring by Dr Harveen Chugh, Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College Business School.
We’ve got 20 awards of £500 available and we’re prioritising applications from people/teams that have never engaged with the Enterprise Lab before, so if this is your first time with the Lab this could be the perfect opportunity.
Find out more and apply via the Imperial Enterise Lab website.
The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition 2022
The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition is looking for student business ideas to help deliver good growth for our city – growth that makes London cleaner, greener and ready for the future. There will be four different categories/awards: environment, tech, creative industries and health.
There is one £20,000 prize available for the winner of each award and each idea can only be entered into one award.
For further information and to register your interest visit the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition webpage.
The Royal Academy of Engineering's Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP) 2021/22
The Windsor Fellowship is excited to be in partnership with The Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2021/22 Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme (GEEP). This is the seventh year of this award-winning programme aimed at addressing inequality in Engineering by increasing the transition of engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds into engineering employment.
The GEEP for 2021/22 will have a range of exciting new offerings for graduates. These will include:
- Insight sessions
- Skills and competency workshops
- Mentoring for students
- Mock assessments and development
- Work placements
- On-line resources
- Information, advice and guidance
The recruitment process is now live. Visit the The Royal Academy of Engineering website for further information and details on how to apply.
The Start-up Series
The Start-up Series is a monthly seed funding competition. Every month, one start-up is awarded up to £150,000 of equity funding along with support from an experienced director and media coverage across Startups.co.uk. Start-ups must have been trading for less than 21 months and be UK-based.
Application deadline: 14th of every month
To find out more information visis The Start-up Series website.
Venture Catalyst Challenge 2022
Applications are now open for Imperial’s flagship innovation and entrepreneurship competition, the Venture Catalyst Challenge! If you are working on an exciting project or business idea you can get access to seven weeks of entrepreneurial masterclasses and expert coaching to launch it into the real world. There are £90,000 worth of prizes to be won! Check out what our previous participants have achieved and find out more about the programme on the Imperial Enterprise Lab webpage.
Applications close on Wednesday 19 January 2022.