£5,000 for students’ winning ideas (19 February 2008)


The University of Lincoln has launched the Winning Ideas competition with awards totalling £5,000 up for grabs.


Part of Enterprise@Lincoln, which offers students links with employers and opportunities to develop skills needed in industry, Winning Ideas challenges students to put forward ideas and demonstrate who the idea will benefit and how.


The idea may be based on course or project work, an interest or passion, a community initiative, or be about self-employment or a business start-up. The competition aims to encourage students to develop their ideas, with the winning entries receiving support to make them happen.


As part of their entry, students have to explain three elements: their idea, what it will do - and for who, and how they intend to make it happen. The winner will receive £2,000 towards making their idea a reality, with further awards of £1,000 and £500 available for: the most creative idea; idea of greatest community benefit; best new business idea.


David Rae, Professor of Business & Enterprise at Lincoln Business School, said:

“The judging panel will be looking for an innovative idea with practical benefits and value for the community, end users or customers. 


“We hope that Winning Ideas will support students in becoming more creative and enterprising. It will also encourage them to develop skills which will be useful in their future careers.”


The closing date for entries is Thursday 13 March. Finalists will need to present their plans to the judging panel on Monday 28 April and the winners will be announced at the Futures event on Monday 12 May.


The competition is open to all current students of the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln.


For further details and entry forms, email: winningideas@lincoln.ac.uk or visit www.sparkhousestudios.co.uk


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