Unloc Enterprise Challenge open to European students

The tech entrepreneurship competition is open to students aged 16–25 across mainland Europe

The Unloc Enterprise Challenge, a tech entrepreneurship challenge for Europe, is now open for entries.

Unloc is a social enterprise working with schools and colleges to encourage young people into technology entrepreneurship, and the challenge invites budding entrepreneurs to submit their tech-led startup ideas online.

A panel of judges made up of senior leaders from partner company Verizon will adjudicate, and winners will be selected based on the viability, sustainability and technological innovation of the idea.

Entrants are required to film a 60–90-second video pitch for their business idea, explaining how it meets the three criteria.

The winner will receive £10,000 of funding as well as mentorship to help develop their business. Finalist runners up will also receive £1,000 of funding for their startup business.

2018’s winner, Alison Wood from Edinburgh, used support from Unloc to launch her business Lilypads, which sells reusable sanitary products in the UK and Kenya, with UK sales subsidising the Kenyan market. Wood said: ““I am simply delighted. The funding and support from the Unloc Enterprise Challenge will make a huge difference in our efforts to launch Lilypads in Kenya.”

The competition is now open for entries, and closes on 15 November 2019.

Partners include Portsmouth College, the University of Derby, and the University of Brighton.

More information is available at https://unlocenterprisechallenge.com/