The E Club Pitching Competition!

As part of the Startup Festival we will be running a pitching competition with a total of £5,000 in prize money! The competition is generously sponsored by Grant Property and Santander Bank.

About the competition

The competition will be split into two streams: the "Novel Ideas" competition and the "Venture Development" competition. For each of the two streams, five finalists will be invited to pitch their business at the Startup Festival, to be held on 8 March 2017.

Each finalist will be given five minutes to pitch their idea and then have five minutes to answer questions from the judging panel. After the pitches, the judges will deliberate and make their decision: the winners and runners up will be announced during the Startup Festival.

Deadline for applications: 12pm, 31 January 2017
Pitching final: 8 March 2017 - you must be available to pitch on this day if you are selected for the final.

All sectors competition: £5,000 total prize fund

Novel Ideas competition:

  • 1st prize = £1,500
  • Two runners-up = £500 each

Venture Development competition:

  • 1st prize = £1,500
  • Two runners up = £500 each


To enter the competition, you must be a student (undergraduate and postgraduate) or recent alumnus (within the last two years) of the University of Edinburgh; students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. If you are selected for the final, you must be able to attend the pitching competition in person on 8 March 2017.

Each person can only enter one of the streams: either the Novel Ideas or the Venture Development competition. If you are unsure which stream to enter, email Jo Young at well in advance of the competition deadline.


The deadline for applications has now passed. For more information, email Jo Young at