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Barnet Enterprise Competition

Text in banner reads: Entrepreneurial Barnet Competition Barnet. £10,000 to be won. What's your big idea? Supported and sponsored by Middlesex University London, London Borough of Barnet, Barnet Southgate College, Santander Universities.

Do you have an idea for a new start-up, product or service? Or an idea for a social enterprise that will have a positive impact? Are you running a business that’s less than two years old that needs an extra boost?

Would you like the opportunity to:

  • Attend online workshops to help develop your idea or business?
  • Win thousands of pounds to put towards your business?
  • Showcase your ideas and gain publicity?

If so, we want to hear from you.

  • About the competition

The Entrepreneurial Barnet Competition, 'What's Your Big Idea?' is a contest to promote and develop enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout Barnet and amongst the student population. It offers Middlesex University, Barnet and Southgate College students and local residents the opportunity to showcase their ideas, attend business development workshops and win funding to help grow their business.

The competition is led by Middlesex University, London Borough of Barnet and Barnet and Southgate College with the generous support of Brent Cross and Santander Universities.

In this edition of the contest, there is a cash prize fund of £15,000.

  • How does it work?

The contest takes place over three stages with the intention of identifying the very best ideas and talent.

Stage One: The Pitch

Submit a two-minute pitch video presenting your business or idea

Stage Two: The Plan

A series of online workshops to help develop your idea and business

Stage Three: The Final

Four finalists (two from each category) pitch their business to a panel of judges

There are two categories in the competition:

  • Commercial (ideas that have potential to become successful businesses)
  • Social Impact (ideas that have a positive impact within communities, such as an environmental, social or other not-for-profit idea)

We welcome group or team registrations in both categories.

COVID-19 Safe

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this contest will take place entirely online.

  • Register your interest

The contest will be held in the summer of 2021, please register your interest and we will contact you when dates are confirmed.

Register your interest now


To enter the competition, contestants* must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Current Middlesex undergraduate or postgraduate student
  • Recent Middlesex University alumni**
  • Current Barnet and Southgate College student
  • London Borough of Barnet resident

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

*If you have an operational business, it must be less than two years old.
**Graduated in the last two years.

Please note: By submitting your application, you agree to the following Terms and Conditions.

Register your interest now

  • Contact us

For any further questions regarding the competition please contact Middlesex University:

Email: business@mdx.ac.uk

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