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University of Plymouth One Hundred £100’s Big Idea Challenge 2022
<p>University of Plymouth &amp; Santander Universities The Cube 'Dragons Den' 2022*<br></p>
University of Plymouth 'Dragons Den' 2022

University of Plymouth The Cube One Hundred £100s Big Idea Challenge

We want to give you £100 help you get your business/freelance idea off the ground.
You also have the opportunity of gaining another £2,000 and then the chance to win up to £10,000.
This challenge is designed to get your business idea ready for launch in just four weeks.
If you are working on your business/freelance idea this is just for you to accelerate your business from idea to reality. Be inspired by your peers and local entrepreneurs and get excited for investment opportunities. 
The four weeks are designed to get student or graduate businesses ready for launch. 

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Chose to join the cohort that suits you best:
  • Cohort 1 – 2 February – 2 March
  • Cohort 2 – 2 March – 30 March
  • Cohort 3 – 4 May – 7 June
  • Cohort 4 – 7 June – 5 July
Receive £100 in funding (when you sign up to participate in the challenge) so you can learn and work on your business idea over four weeks. 
Participants will also have the opportunity to pitch for a £2,000 cash prize at the end of the challenge and enter the Dragons' Den to pitch for up to £10,000. 
Develop your skills and learn everything you need to know to become a successful entrepreneur. With weekly one-hour expert sessions and weekly meetings with your peers, you’ll learn a simple business model, finances, sales, pitching and marketing skills, with additional, optional workshops to suit you and your start-up idea.
The cohort will also receive expert coaching and peer-to-peer sessions, as well as gaining industry insight through events featuring top entrepreneurs from the University of Plymouth’s start-up community.
1. At least one co-founder must be a current student or graduate (within three years) from the University of Plymouth.
2. You must be able to dedicate at least two to five hours a week on your business. You must attend all meetings (one a week). Meetings for Cohorts 1, 2 and 3 will be held on Wednesdays at 17:30–20:00 and Cohort 4 will meet on Tuesdays at 17:30–20:00.
3. Each eligible individual will be paid £100 to participate in the challenge. While allowances will be made if you cannot make an online session, you are expected to fully engage and attend as many meetings as you can to receive the funding.
4. You must join and interact with the Hundred £100s WhatsApp Group, which aims to provide peer support, networking and communications about relevant and important events within the challenge.
To participate, please read the information and eligibility and complete the participation form before emailing it to
One Hundred £100s Big Idea Challenge information and eligibility
One Hundred £100s Big Idea Challenge participation form
All enquiries should be made to

University of Plymouth & Santander Universities The Cube 'Dragons Den' 2022*

Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their business ventures (freelance business included) to a panel of experts competing to win a share of £10,000! 

This competition offers you an opportunity as students or graduates of the University of Plymouth, individually or working as a team, to grow an enterprise and to have the experience of 'pitching' your business. 

It is also a route through which trading businesses looking to scale up, can obtain funding to support their growth. 

It is an excellent learning experience and also a bit of fun. The competition is open to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students as well as graduates.

<p>University of Plymouth &amp; Santander Universities The Cube 'Dragons Den' 2022*<br></p>

Either individually, or as a team, you are invited to develop and present a business in one of the two categories: 

1) A commercial business

2) A social enterprise/CIC

To enter complete an expression of interest form and make a one minute pitch video (this can be done on your mobile phone)

Download our documents:

Dragons Den competition criteria and process 

Dragons Den expression of interest form.


Dates for the diary 

18.00 25 May 2022 – Deadline for expression of interest/Pitch video by email to

8 June 2022 – Finals 

Sponsorship for this competition comes from Santander Universities

*based on 'Dragons' Den' on TV ('Shark Tank' in the USA), just go to YouTube

All enquiries to


Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 

The annual Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards is a business pitching competition which encourages and supports university students to be more entrepreneurial and is open to all students and graduates from University of Plymouth. The awards benefit student and graduate entrepreneurs by offering cash prizes, mentoring and startup support. Since the competition’s launch, more than £420,000 has been given to startups and small businesses. 

Applications for 2020 have now closed… watch this space for 2021 open applications

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