• The lead applicant must be UK-based and between the ages of 18-25 on the Pitch Final day (24 October 2019)
  • Applicants must not expect to be in full-time education from January 2020 onwards, as we expect awardees to be able to dedicate themselves to fulfilling the aims of the award
  • Applications are invited from individuals or small teams demonstrating entrepreneurial promise - note however that the award will be made to the lead individual, and only they will receive the training and mentoring on offer. However the rest of the team can attend the interview, and may be able to benefit from Academy support where appropriate, at our discretion  
  • Applicants should have a viable and commercial business proposition with a large market opportunity. You should be looking to create a scalable business in the UK
  • The proposed technology must be an innovation or invention in engineering and/or technology. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, including IT, cleantech, materials and medical devices 
  • Applicants do not need to have an engineering degree, its the innovation that we are interested in. If you are unsure if your business idea is in an engineering area, please contact the Programme Manager to check if you are eligible to apply
  • Proposals to create a new app may or may not be eligible. An app in itself is not a new technology, there must be an innovative step behind the app, or rather the app should be a method to deliver or access the innovation 
  • To benefit from the support provided by Hub Membership (if successful), applicants should be aiming to dedicate their time to establishing a business following the competition. If you intend to wait longer than 6 months, for example until you finish a qualification, we would encourage you to apply next year instead