Competitions and Awards

Entering or being nominated for competitions and awards is a great way to network, raise investment and promote your business. We will support you with your applications and signpost you towards any competitions or awards we feel you are well qualified to enter.

The following examples highlight some of the awards that the Enterprise Team supports but there are many more competitions available in the UK for you to enter.

Hallam Enterprise Award

Hallam Enterprise Award Winners
Our Hallam Enterprise Winners 2018

Each autumn in late September, we host our annual Hallam Enterprise Award. This provides a selected number of our students and graduates to show case their businesses to invited leaders from the local Sheffield business community, fellow entrepreneurs and interested representatives from within the University. Finalists have the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges and an audience.   

Cash prizes are awarded to the winner and two runners up, courtesy of Santander Bank, based on the actual business idea and its long term viability.  A further cash prize of £1000 is awarded by the Enterprise Team, based on the audience vote.

Sheffield Universities Enterprise Award (Business Sheffield Awards)

Hannah Duraid Business Sheffield Award
SHU graduate Sam Kennedy collecting the Sheffield Universities Enterprise Award at the annual Business Sheffield Awards event

Each year in December, the Enterprise Team nominate three graduate businesses to go forward for the Sheffield Universities Enterprise Award. This is a joint award sponsored by both Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield. It is an opportunity to showcase graduate businesses that have demonstrated significant growth over the previous year. Nominees are invited to attend the Sheffield Business Awards ceremony held in December of each year, where the winner is announced. This is a great opportunity for business exposure and networking.

Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award

                 Blink Vivid Video receive award from HRH Prince Andrew in 2019

Each year in April, the Yorkshire Universities come together to celebrate the entrepreneurial successes of their students and graduates. The awards ceremony is hosted in the Duke of York Young Entrepreneurs Centre at Huddersfield University and the awards are presented by HRH The Duke of York.

To find out more about this award and be inspired by the 2017 finalists please click here to watch this short YouTube video.

Big Ideas Competition

If you think you have a great and innovative business idea for a new social or commercial venture, then why not enter our Big Ideas Competition and win £200! The competition is run in March each year over a two week period, and all you have to do to enter is to post your idea into one of our Big Ideas Competition boxes which you will find at locations around the University.

For more information

  • Visit us in the Hallam i-Lab at our weekly Open House Wednesday afternoons. Drop in anytime between 13.00 - 16.00. The Hallam i-Lab is a dedicated enterprise and entrepreneurial incubation space on floor 6 of Aspect Court, on Pond Hill. (CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • Contact us on: 0114 225 3131 or email at:

Use the links below to explore the Enterprise Team's full offer.

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