NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition

The NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition is now in its 10th 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 at NovaUCD.

Accessing the competition is via an application form and recorded video pitch on or before April 19th. Teams will be notified by April 26th if they have been selected.

10 teams will be selected to participate in the 4-week full-time in-person programme which takes place after the summer exams, from May 27th to June 20th 2024.

A final pitching event takes place on June 20th and the competition winner will awarded a cash prize of €3000.

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

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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.

April 19th

Closing date for applications

Competition Terms & Conditions are attached above.

April  26th

10 Teams will be notified that they have been successful and will be admitted to the competition

May 27th  

Programme commences

NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition 2024 which runs on a fulltime basis from May 27th – June 20th  in person at NovaUCD.

June 20th

Final Pitching Event June 20th  - 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 Pathway Manager, UCD Research and Innovation, NovaUCD

t: +353 1 716 3715