Elena and Ryan from Aeropowder
Elena Dieckmann and Ryan Robinson, students from Imperial College London, founded Aeropowder and won the competition in 2016.

Could you be Mayor Sadiq Khan's Entrepreneur 2017?

Calling all London students! You're invited to submit a smart idea to improve the capital and compete for a chance to be crowned Mayor's Entrepreneur 2017

As well as becoming the Mayor's Entrepreneur, the lucky winner will get £20k to bring their idea to life.

Sponsored by Citi, this student competition is a great way to improve your employability and create something special.

Why enter?

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

  • improving your skills and future employability
  • free mentoring and workshops from business experts
  • an opportunity to pitch your ideas 'Dragon's Den' style at City Hall
  • a chance to win £20k to make your idea happen

Sounds interesting? For email updates and alerts, register your interest or submit your idea now.

Important information

Who should enter?

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

  • You can enter as either or both.

Who can apply in 2017?

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

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 getting the prize money.
How does it work?

Step 1: Come up with a smart 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 smart idea

Enter your idea on the competition entry page.

Step 3: Judges do their bit

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

Step 4: The final

In March, the lucky finalists will pitch their ideas in front of the judges and a live audience at City Hall. This is when the Mayor's Entrepreneur 2017 will be chosen.

What to expect?

Watch this video to get a flavour of what to expect during finals day.

City Hall workshops

Come to a workshop at City Hall to:-

  1. Learn tools to help you come up with smart business ideas

  2. Hear from past winners and finalists about their entrepreneurial experience

  3. Find out how to apply to the competition and what the judges are looking for

  4. Get feedback on your business idea from competition staff

  5. Meet like-minded students from across London and maybe find your ideal business partner

Workshops are free to attend but you do need to register. Current dates are 4 November 2016, 28 November 2016, 27 January 2017 

Want inspiration?

Looking to get your creative juices flowing? Check out stories and experiences from previous winners

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Happy brainstorming!

Are there categories?

There's only one overall winner, but we have several categories to help you know the sort of idea we're after. We hope they'll help get you started.

We also have a category called 'Other' so don't feel limited by the category titles. We're really keen 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 what's already out there?
  • Practicality - The top prize is £20k. Is that enough to help you make your idea a reality?
  • Clarity - Make sure you describe your idea really clearly
  • Longevity - Where do you see your idea in five years' time?
  • Carbon savings - If you're doing things smarter than other businesses, you're probably also saving energy and resources. That means you're saving carbon too!

We can give feedback on ideas before you send them and help you spot the carbon savings. Email [email protected]