NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition

NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition

The NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition is now in its 6th 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 NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition runs from May 25th – June 19th 2020.

 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.

Accessing the competition is via a pitching event on April 1st  when 6 teams are selected to participate in a fulltime competition that takes place after the summer exams.  Teams receive a cash stipend (€250 per team member per week) and office space at NovaUCD for the duration of the programme.  A final pitching event takes place on June 19th and the competition winner will be selected.  A €3000 prize is awarded to the winning team.

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.

Timeline of Events

Key Date 

NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition Timeline

Open Now 

Open for applications now via this link

March 25th

Closing date for applications

Competition Terms & Conditions are attached above.

March 27th Shortlist for 12 teams pitching to be issued
April 1st

Selection Pitching Event

A Selection Pitching Panel will choose 6 teams to participate on the NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition 2020

May 25th

Programme commences

NovaUCD Student Enterprise Competition 2020 which runs on a fulltime basis from May 25th – June 19th @ NovaUCD.


June 19th 

Final Pitching Event June 19th - 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