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Could you be Mayor Sadiq Khan's Entrepreneur 2017?

The competition is now closed. Applicants will be contacted in due course with the results of the shortlisting. 

The applicant training workshops will be taking place on the 6th of March and finalist training will be held on the 13th of March.

The awards event will take place on the 20th of March at City Hall. Tickets will be available shortly on Eventbrite.

Register your interest below to find out more about the awards event as well news about next year's competition and internships.

Important information

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 entrepreneur@london.gov.uk 

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.

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!

What to expect?

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

2017 entries