Venture Competition

Funding competition for new business ideas brought forward by the University's community of staff, students and graduates

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Scotland's largest university funding competition for new business ideas.

Venture is a three-stage new business idea competition for all University of Dundee Students, Staff and Recent Graduates split across different prize fund categories.

Winners will be offered a place on Elevator's Dundee accelerator programme and further prizes can be won by audience vote at the pitching final. 

Award categories for 2023 will be announced soon. Have a look at previous year's winners:

Jodie standing at the Centre for Entrepreneurship podium speaking about the Venture competition

Jodie has been really successful following Venture

Stage 1 - Submission of Online Application Form

  • The Venture competition will be open soon. The first step is to complete the online application form when it becomes available.

Stage 2 - Submission of Proposal Form

  • Finalists for each category will be notified of their selection following the judging process of the initial applications.
  • The Finalists for each prize category will then be required to submit a completed Venture 2022 Stage 2 Proposal.
  • A workshop will be held by the Centre for Entrepreneurship for advice and guidance in completing the proposal form.

Stage 3 - Private Judging Session and Pitch Showcase Final

  • The External Judging Panel will assess the Finalist's application forms and 3-minute pitches in­ person/online during private judging sessions based on their previously submitted Venture Competition Proposal Form.
  • Assessment of the Finalists by the External Judging Panel will be based on the Venture 2023 judging criteria that will be published on the Competition Website.
  • Winners will be announced at the Venture Pitch Showcase Final (the main event within Entrepreneurship Week) where each team will pitch for l minute to a live public audience to compete for Apple iPads - the best pitches will be voted for by the public audience.

Complete the Venture Competition 2023 form