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£10,000 prize for student entrepreneurs up for grabs at Varsity Pitch 2012

Hundreds of UK students expected to pitch business ideas in the third annual NACUE pitching contest

Students across the UK are set to compete for £10,000 to kick-start their business with the launch of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs’ (NACUE) Varsity Pitch Competition 2012.

Sponsored by Lloyds TSB and green business  e-learning provider Ecoskill, NACUE invites students from colleges and universities to enter the competition through submitting a 90second business pitch video via YouTube.

Entrepreneurial students will initially compete in seven different categories, including the Tata blue skies award for disruptive business, Lloyds TSB’s award for creative industries and the Ecoskill green business award.

Following the close of the competition on October 14, the seven shortlisted competitors will be invited to compete against each other at the competition grand final, due to be held on November 15 in Central London.

Pitching in front of a live audience to a panel of business judges, the students will compete for the £10,000 Varsity Pitch Competition grand prize.

Hushpreet Dhaliwal, CEO of NACUE is confident that 2012 will prove to be another successful year for the Varsity Pitch Competition: “Celebrating the success of entrepreneurs coming out of the UK’s universities and colleges is crucial to encouraging the growth of an entrepreneurial spirit, and is the ethos which drives us to deliver the Varsity Pitch Competition each year.

“We’re now in our third year and I’m always blown away by the sheer wealth of ideas and creativity that students and grads are bringing to life across the country.”

Entries close on October 14. Find out more here.

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