With £5000 total prize money, E-Club runs two pitching competitions sponsored by Santander and a business plan competition sponsored by Grant Property.

Pitching events

The Santander pitching competitions

The next Santander Bank sponsored pitching competitions will be held next academic year. Up to six student (or recent student) entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and the club membership. The winner will receive a cheque for ££1,000 provided by Santander Bank. This is a great opportunity for the participants to hone their presentation skills. Participants will have 5 minutes to pitch their idea and then take questions from a panel of judges in a Dragon's Den-style format for 5 minutes. The winner will be announced during the drinks reception afterwards.

All participants are invited to attend a dinner later that night with the judges so that a more detailed debrief and discussion about the various plans can take place.

To apply for a pitching slot, you will need to provide us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Student number
  • A summary of your business idea (max 300 words)

Please apply using the Santander pitching competition entry form.

All entries must be submitted by Friday, 1st May at 5pm.

Six finalists will be selected to pitch in front of a panel of judges. The competition final will be held on the evening of Tuesday 12th May in St. Andrews Square.

If you have any problems using the form, please contact us at

Eligibility: All University of Edinburgh students are eligible to apply. We also accept applications from University of Edinburgh graduates if they graduated in 2013 or 2014. If you are part of a team, please nominate one individual to pitch.

Grant Property Business Plan Competition

This business plan competition is limited to either individual postgraduate students from the Business School or teams of University of Edinburgh postgraduate students of which at least one must be from the Business School.

  • Business Plan Competition
  • Next deadline: TBC
  • Prize: The winning entrant will receive a prize of £3000, generously donated by Grant Property.

[ -/+ ] Format of Business Plan

  • Flexible - does not need to conform to any given business plan template.
  • Simple - to catch the imagination of potential backers and to keep the prescriptive 'box ticking' element to the minimum.
  • The submitted document may simply be a proposed business model, with many of the traditional business plan elements stripped out. However, the management team must be presented, and the required level of finance must be presented and justified.

[ -/+ ] Crucial elements of plan

[ -/+ ] Eligibility and deadlines