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Blueprint Startup Challenge

Do you have a great business idea? Take part in the Blueprint Startup Challenge and win a share of £50,000!

The Blueprint Startup Challenge is Durham University’s premier startup competition, providing a launchpad for exceptional student start-up businesses.

By taking part in the competition, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Win cash prizes at each stage of the competition
  • Access startup workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions delivered by successful entrepreneurs and domain experts
  • Become part of a supportive community of aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Receive mentoring sessions delivered by members of the Durham University global alumni community (finalists only)

Cash Prizes

The Blueprint Startup Challenge provides a range of opportunities to receive funding for your new venture including:

The main competition: provides prizes ranging from £1,000 to £10,000

PGR Pitch Award: has a top prize of £5,000

Social Impact Award: win up to £5,000 to grow your social enterprise or project


Applications for this year's Blueprint Startup Challenge main competition are now closed. We will be accepting new applications in October 2024. 

Applications for Illuminate PGR Pitch Award and Social Impact Award will open in 2025.


The Blueprint Startup Challenge is kindly supported by gifts from Santander Universities UK and Richard King, alumnus of Durham University.