University enterprise challenge goes live once more

Stars of MTV and The Apprentice among this year’s judges

A business enterprise competition previously championed by the likes of Boris Johnson, Sarah Brown and Davina McCall has gone live once more this week.

The Enterprise Challenge, which has been running since 2010, has been relaunched under the name Rise To, with the express intention of inspiring students and graduates to pursue their entrepreneurial dream.

Wannabe entrepreneurs aged 18 to 24 are being encouraged to apply for the scheme, in which competing teams of four to six members run a six-week campaign to promote an ‘unsung hero’ in their community.

The top 50 entries selected by the judging panel, which includes former Apprentice winner Tim Campbell and MTV’s Georgia Arnold, will receive personal mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs, supplemented by an online coaching course.

The very best entrants will receive one-off internships shadowing CEOs and other senior decision-makers, as well as training and even full-time jobs.

The deadline for applications falls on January 21, but those behind the campaign are urging interested parties to form teams and apply as soon as possible.

Duncan Cheatle, founder of business networking group The Supper Club and creator of the challenge, said: “There is nothing more exciting or eye-opening than the chance to start out your career working alongside founders and CEOs.

“UK small businesses are not reaching their fair share of top university talent. Rise To is a platform for graduates and [small businesses] to bring the very best to one another.”

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