‌‌logos of the various prize sponsors for Venture 2021

Deadline 11.59pm Tue 2 Feb 2021.

Venture 2021 is a £30,000 new business idea competition for all University of Dundee Students, Staff and Recent Graduates across 7 prize fund categories. Winners will be offered a place on Elevator's Dundee accelerator programme and there will also be three iPad's sponsored by Converge Challenge awarded to the best pitches as voted by the public audience on the day of the final. Further to the competition funding stated below DC Thomson and Elevator will also be contributing towards a discretionary fund that will be awarded additionally to applicants decided by the external judging panel.

Stage 1 - Submission of Online Application Form

University of Dundee Student Awards

Apply now (Student)


University of Dundee Staff/Recent Graduate

Apply now (Recent Graduate/Staff)


Stage 2 - Submission of Proposal Form 

Finalists for each category will be notified of their selection on Friday 5 February 2021 before 7 pm and the list of Finalists will be published on the Venture website thereafter.

The Finalists for each prize category will then be required to submit a completed  Venture 2020 Stage 2 Proposal Form by the deadline of Thursday 18 February 2021 before 12 noon. Late submissions will not be accepted.  

A workshop will be held by the Centre for Entrepreneurship on Thursday 11 February 2021 for advice and guidance in completing the proposal form - details of this workshop will be provided upon successfully progression to Stage 2.


Stage 3 - Live Pitching Final/Prize-Giving

The External Judging Panel will assess the Finalists and the winners will be announced at the Venture 2021 Final (a main event within Entrepreneurship Week) on Thursday 25 February 2021 based on their previously submitted Venture Competition Proposal Form and the Finalist’s 3-minute pitch (5 PPT slides available) and 5 minutes Q&A.

Assessment of the Finalists by the External Judging Panel will be based on the Venture 2021 judging criteria‌ as published on the Competition Website.