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Why is entrepreneurship important within education?
The current job market is saturated making it increasingly difficult for graduates to get a suitable job at the end of their degree. Marketest understand that an education involving entrepreneurship equips students with new skills and confidence to set up their own business venture.

How we support enterprise
Marketest actively support enterprising competitions across the UK to help increase students awareness on the importance of market research when starting a new business. Marketest aim to improve future opportunities available to enterprising students by offering a tailored market research support prize, which will help transform a vision into a real-life venture. The support package also includes free access to Marketest’s entrepreneurship network as well as various other fantastic incentives.

The enterprise competitions we currently support

University of Oxford - Oxford Entrepreneurs:
The University of Oxford is renowned for excellence, and is one of the top learning institutes in the world. Marketest support Oxford Entrepreneurs through the TATA Idea Idol. The fantastic business competition has been running for over seven years and has helped many Oxford students become successful entrepreneurs.

University of Cambridge - CUE: The University of Cambridge is one of the elite higher educational institutes in the world. Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) was first formed in 1999 and since then have provided over £500K to more than 40 start-up businesses. These businesses have contributed significantly to the local regions and have produced over 110 full time jobs.Marketest were thrilled to become a supporter of CUE by helping the society achieve their ongoing goal to promote and nurture entrepreneurship within Cambridge.

NACUE - Varsity Pitch: This premier start-up competition allows students and graduates to come together from different parts of the country and compete with innovative business ideas and concepts. They can enter their idea into seven different industry specific categories, where they will receive expert advice and support. Marketest are proud to sponsor the Varsity Pitch Competition for young entrepreneurs.

University of Birmingham - Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Marketest are proud to be assosiated with the University of Birmingham. The University has 8 Nobel prize winners amoung its alumni and past staff. Great opportunities are offered to students through different entrepreneurial activities such as Plan B, which Marketest are proud to sponsor. The business competition is ran by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EI)hub within Birmingham University.

University of Manchester - Manchester Entrepreneurs What Next? Conference : The What Next Conference is the premier student entrepreneurship conference in the North of England. Run by Manchester Entrepreneurs, the objective of the conference is to showcase the opportunities available to talented students considering entrepreneurship. This year sees the introduction of the Pitching Competition which is comprised of three categories: Tech, Social and General Business. Marketest are delighted to sponsor the General Business pitching category.

University of Cardiff - Spark Ideas Challenge: Spark2014 is the annual Ideas Competition for Cardiff University students and graduates. With a range of entry categories, Spark2014 provides Cardiff University students both financial and a range of support to develop their ideas. Spark is part of the business start-up and ideas development support available through Cardiff University Enterprise. The competition is open to ALL Cardiff University students and entries from all sectors and subject areas are welcomed (Including not for profit organisations and social enterprises). Graduates who have graduated within five years of competition year are also eligible. We are happy to have Marketest sponsor this year’s Ventures Category of the competition.

London Business School - Entrepreneurship Conference: The London Business School is one of the top universities in the world for business education. The Entrepreneurship Conference is the university's flagship event for entrepreneurially minded people. The Conference attracts a rich variety of entrepreneurs, VCs and investors as well as enthusiastic business school students and leading academics. This year's Conference, proudly sponsored by Marketest, also features the London Business School Business Plan Competition, awarding the winning student team with a cash prize, services in kind and the opportunity to represent the university at the European Business Plan of the Year Competition.

University of Warwick - Warwick Entrepreneurs Society: Warwick Entrepreneurs is a successful and driven society at one of the UK’s leading universities. It exists to inspire and develop the future generation of entrepreneurs by developing a culture of innovation, collaboration and inspiration through a whole host of activities and events. Our slogan is Grow, Connect and Compete and we feel this encompasses the essence of our society. The society's workshops and speakers enable students to be inspired by the journey of successful people and this simulates growth within the society. As the society continues to expand, members are given ample opportunities to socialise with leaders in their respective fields and peers. In addition, members are encouraged to participate in activities such as Be Your Own Boss and The Warwick Apprentice. These activities prepare our members for competing in the outside business world. Marketest are proud to be sponsoring Be Your Own Boss Competition this year.

University of Nottingham - Student Venture Challenge: The University of Nottingham is an international university with campuses as far a field as China. The university aims to provide an international education, to benefit the wider community and to conduct world class research. Nottingham Entrepreneurs is a new fast growing society enhancing students entrepreneurship skills. They have an annual Student Venture Challenge that Marketest support every year!

Sheffield - Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend is a 54 hour experiential learning event. It brings together coders, designers, marketers and hustlers to take ideas from concept to launch in just one weekend. Startup Weekend is the perfect platform to test an idea, find a co-founder and access the support and advice needed to launch a startup. The focus is on lean methodology and customer discovery. Marketest are delighted to be Silver Sponsor to the event weekend on 15 - 17th November 2013.

Startacus - Self Starter of the Year Award: The self start society. Startacus is the online community celebrating the self starter - THE place to learn, create, connect and collaborate.Marketest are thrilled to be in partnership with Startacus for their Self Starter of the Year Award!

University of Bristol - New Enterprise Competition: The annual New Enterprise Competition (NEC) is the Universtiy of Bristol's flagship business idea challenge. The competition is open to students, staff, and alumni who have graduated within five years of the competition year. Whilst there are different stages to the competition all applicants really need is an original idea. This year Marketest are proud to be official sponsors of New Enterprise Competition.

Clean Technology Challenge - London Business School (LBS) and University College London (UCL): Since 2009, London Business School (LBS) and University College London (UCL) have hosted the Clean Technology Challenge. The CleanTech Challenge is a business plan competition that helps students form teams and develop their clean technology business ideas through a 3-stage competition. Participants receive guidance, feedback and mentorship from industry professionals throughout the competition. CleanTech represents a diverse range of products, services, and processes, including but extending well beyond renewable energy, with it defined as "any business that has a significant and positive environmental impact." This year Marketest are proud to be sponsors of CleanTech Challenge and to support, and work with, both London Business School (LBS) and University College London (UCL).

University of Brighton – Santander Enterprise Awards: The University of Brighton has a community of over 21,000 students and 2,600 staff, based on five campuses. It is well known for having one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and a strong research record. They also promote an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the university through their beepurple programme and Marketest have been delighted to support their annual ideas competition over the past few years, which provides an opportunity for students and graduates to develop their own ventures.

Aston University - Enterprise Competition: is well known for its world-class teaching and strong links to industry, government and commerce. Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment for over 25 years. The careers department has also been busy promoting an entrepreneurial spirit throughout the university through their annual Aston Entrepreneur Competition. The competition encourages innovative thinking and helps enterprising students take their ideas to the next level. The finalists will also have the chance to fast-track onto the BSEEN programme. Marketest are proud to be supporting Aston Entrepreneurs again this year .

Royal Agricultural College – Grand Ideas: The Royal Agricultural College is extremely prestigious and has an astonishing history dating back to 1842. In 2006 RAC formed an 'Entrepreneurial club', to encourage students to become more innovative. The club soon developed The Grand Ideas competition, which Marketest are proud to support.

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If you are encouraging enterprise through competitions, events, societies etc we want to hear from you. Send us more information about how you support enterprise within the UK and we will let you know how we can help!
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