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The Student Enterprise service runs various internal and external enterprise and business competitions throughout the year. They are designed to develop your business and entrepreneurial skills and have prizes ranging from funding to start your business, cash prizes, support packages, national recognition and much more.

This section of the website is devoted to live Q&A sessions with our own advisers or external employers. We will promote the Live Q&A’s in advance and you can also access session archives below.

Competitions that we run annually are:

  • The Santander Entrepreneurship Awards
  • IBM University Business Challenge

If you hear about a competition or award that you would like to enter please let us know as there is lots we can do to support you with your entry and the competition process. Whether that be mentoring or direct contacts with other students or services.

For more information on any competitions or support please email


Current & Upcoming Competitions:

IBM University Business Challenge

The Universities Business Challenge is the UK's leading simulation-based competitive challenge for undergraduates.

  • Develop commercial Awareness across disciplines.
  • Network with top employers.
  • Put Business Theory into practice.
  • Enhance Team Working.
  • Develop Enterprise & Employability Skills.


Last year’s University of Lincoln semi-finalists will return to mentor the team through the competition.

Information and Selection Event:

5th October 2016 @ 14.00pm

Enterprise Building – Meeting Room 1

For more information or to register email


Past Competitions:

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2016

In April this year 6 teams and individuals entered Business Plans for new or existing businesses to our Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards competition.

From these 6 entries 3 winners were selected to go forward to be judged in the National Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 to be in with a chance of winning up to £15,000 in prize money.

While none of the 3 teams made the final we would like to congratulate them on their hard work and achievement.


Alexandra Curran

Eloise Hessey

Sophie Charlton

Gemma Davies

Charlotte Ellis


Sophia Bishell

James O’Sullivan


Alberto Garcia woodfield

Bradley Gant

University Business Challenge 2015/2016

From November 2015 to March 2016 a University of Lincoln team made up of 5 students, from across a wide range of courses, competed in the University Business Challenge with IBM.

The Challenge gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work as a board of directors in realistic, simulated companies, making all the critical business decisions that affect the company's performance.

The University of Lincoln team made it all the way to the semi-finals at Regents University where they were amongst the top 10% of teams across the competition. They ultimately came 4th, narrowly missing out on the final.


The team members were (left to right):

Lisa Barton

Emily Musk

Thomas Whitehouse

Cameron Smith

Fraser Kelly