NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition

The NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition is now in its 7th year and provides a framework to support UCD undergraduate and postgraduate students who want to work together to develop and grow start-up companies. 

The aim of this competition is to assist students in refining their start-up ideas through a series of structured workshops, including taught content from industry experts, interactive workshops, regular pitching sessions and mentoring.

The competition will be run on-line again this year.

Accessing the competition is via an application form and recorded video pitch on or before March 19th

10 teams will be selected to participate in the 4-week full-time on-line programme which takes place after the summer exams, from May 24th – June 18th 2021. 

A final pitching event takes place on June 18th and the competition winner will be selected.  Prizes are as follows:

  • 1st prize: €5000
  • 2nd: €3000
  • 3rd: €2000
  • 7 competition completion prizes of €1000 each = €7000

Please see full NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition Terms and Conditions available here - 

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Summer support @ NovaUCD

All teams that participate in the programme will be provided with hot desk space and on-going support for the month of July and August.

Application Process


Key Date 

 NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition Timeline

Open Now 

Open for applications now via this link

Application is via a short form and video pitch.

In addition to the application form please submit a 5-minute video pitch to cover the following:

  • The problem being solved
  • How your solution is better
  • Introduce your team

Please email this video to ensuring that the file name includes your project name.

March 19th

Closing date for applications

Competition Terms & Conditions are attached above.

March 24th 10 Teams will be notified that they have been successful and will be admitted to the competition
May 24th

Programme commences

NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition 2021 which runs on a fulltime basis from May 24th – June 18th on-line. 

June 18th

Final Pitching Event June 18th - NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition winners will be selected by the judging panel.

Students who are interested in finding out more about the NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition should contact:

Caroline Gill

Innovation Education Manager, UCD Research and Innovation, NovaUCD

t: +353 1 716 3715