PQT audience asking questions


Below are answers to the questions we're asked most often. Otherwise email us at [email protected]

​​​​​​​I'm worried about confidentiality and idea ownership. How will this work?

City Hall, the competition delivery team and all judges will keep your ideas confidential unless you've given written permission to, or if they're required by law to, reveal the information. Titles of winning entries and brief descriptions approved by finalists may be used in publicity. You should agree who owns the idea with anyone you discuss it with. If you're entering as a group you should agree who owns the idea before you submit. The intellectual property of any submitted ideas remain the applicant/s. 

​​​​​​​Who gets the prize money for a team idea and what can we spend it on?

The prize fund must be spent to help bring the idea to market, for example on, legal advice, website development, and prototypes. It can't be used for any other expenses like living costs. The money has to be spent within a year of winning. It will be released as you need it and you must give us copies of receipts to show how you've spent it.

​​​​​​​If I reach the final, will I get a mentor?

Yes. All finalists will be given training to help them in their pitches and a mentor to help them take their idea to market.

​​​​​​​Where do I go for more information?
How can I enter today?

Applications are closed but you can register your Interest for updates on when the competition opens in September. 

Why get involved

With a top prize of £20,000 and support from City Hall to turn your idea into reality up for grabs there are already some great reasons to get involved in the competition.

If you want more, watch this video to see what other students have gained from getting involved.

Mayor's Entrepreneur- why get involved