Our enterprise competition – The Enterprise Challenge - is an entry-level competition which provides an opportunity to test, validate and fund new ideas.

The competition is open to all current students from taught programmes and is delivered over two stages: submission of an online application followed by a pitch to judging panel.

During 2023-24, we have an increased the total prize fund to £3,500 thanks to sponsorship from Caledonian Horticulture, GrowBiz and Morton Fraser for the winning students and ideas. This competition is also supported with University Innovation Funding from the Scottish Funding Council. 

“Before the competition I would have really struggled to present an idea to a judging panel, however the judges all made me feel very comfortable, which helped calm me down.” - Kayleigh Turner, 2022-23 Entrant


The Enterprise Challenge is currently closed to applications but will re-open in August 2024. Check back here to apply.

Meredith Wicks, MSc Environmental Protection and Management student and 2022-23 winner

“Tackling climate change needs to be a priority for all businesses and I was excited to put forward a business idea that had sustainability at its core for festivals and events." 

Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, MSc Food Security student and 2022-23 winner

“The prize money was an incredible opportunity towards making a prototype to test the technical feasibility of the fertiliser on the Rwandan market and collect feedback from farmers."

Kayleigh Turner, BSc Agriculture student and 2022-23 winner

“Being a competition winner has allowed me to gain valuable experience and advice from industry experts that I plan to take action on to face issues within the meat industry!”  

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2022-23 Winners

In 2022-23 the competition attracted more than 30 entries from students at SRUC campuses across Scotland, including everything from creative proposals for rural communities and innovative Agritech designs to novel developments in sustainable food and drink in response to the climate emergency. 

The judges were impressed by the diversity and quality of the business ideas received from the students and the passion and determination of the finalists to bring their ideas to life with three winners and two highly commended projects announced. 

Learn more about the winners and their projects using the link below.

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