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The Mayor's Entrepreneur

Are you a current student or recent graduate from a London university or college?

Do you have an idea that can make London a better place to live and work?

This is your chance to win £20k and expert support and advice from City Hall to bring your smart idea to life and be crowned the 2018 Mayor's Entrepreneur.

Applications are now open. You have until 18 February 2018 to enter your idea.

Applications close in
Sunday 18 February 2018 , all day


We're running free workshops at City Hall. You will: 

  • learn tools to help you come up with business ideas
  • hear from past winners and finalists about their entrepreneurial experience
  • find out how to apply to the competition and what the judges are looking for
  • get feedback on your business idea from competition staff
  • meet like-minded students from across London and maybe find your ideal business partner

Book a place for a workshop:

Why enter?

Whether you enter as an individual or part of a group, benefits include the chance to:

  • improve your skills and future employability
  • get free mentoring and workshops from business experts
  • pitch your ideas Dragon Den's style at City Hall
  • win £20,000 to bring your idea to life

Sound interesting? Register your interest to get email updates and alerts. 

Before submitting your idea using the online form, why not download the application form below to fine-tune your idea? This helps ensure you describe it within the word count.

Who can enter?

Should I enter as an individual or as part of a team?

  • You can enter as either or both.

Who can apply?

  • you must be, or have been in 2017, a student from a university or college within Greater London or have graduated in December 2016. You'll need to submit proof you were a student , like a scan of your student ID/graduation certificate showing the date
  •  you must be over 18 on 30 March 2018

Do all team members have to be eligible to enter the competition?

No, you can choose whoever you want for your team, as long as the lead member is eligible. However, only the lead member and eligible team members can receive the prize money and/or be considered for an internship.

Eligible members will sign a basic contract with City Hall before receiving the prize money

How does it work?

Step 1: Come up with a great idea

Students, either as individuals or part of a group, have between now and the deadline to come up their ideas.

Step 2: Submit your great idea

Enter the competition via the competition entry page.

Step 3: Judges do their bit

An expert panel of judges will create and shortlist ten of the best ideas to go through to the final. 

Step 4: The final

In March 2018, the lucky finalists get to pitch their ideas in front of the judges and a live audience at City Hall. This is when the Mayor's Entrepreneur 2018 will be chosen.

Are there categories?

There is only one overall winner but we do have categories to show you the kind of ideas we are looking for. We hope they help get you started.

We do have a category called Other, so don't feel limited by the category titles - we really want to hear all your smart ideas for London!

  1. Air quality
  2. Water
  3. Energy
  4. Transport
  5. Food waste
  6. Recycling and reuse
  7. Other
How is it judged?

Ideas are judged on:

  • Originality - What makes your idea new for London? How is it better and smarter than companies that already exist?
  • Practicality - The top prize is £20,000, can you take the first step for your idea with that much funding?
  • Clarity - Make sure you describe your idea really clearly
  • Longevity - Where do you see your idea in 5 years time?
  • Carbon savings - If you are doing things smarter than other businesses you are probably saving energy and resources which also saves carbon!

The delivery team can give feedback on applications before you submit them and help you spot the carbon savings. Email [email protected] 

2018 applications