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Apply for £3,000 Towards An Existing Enterprise Competition

Winners of City, University London’s MakerSpark enterprise competition – left to right: Omer Tariq, Lorenzo Batignani, Anxhelo Zylyftari and Ludovico Tessari

Engineers in Business helps to increase the level of participation in business courses and business competitions by engineering undergraduates and graduates, giving them the opportunity to gain more commercial education.

Engineers in Business focuses on business innovation and works with universities and FE institutions that already have competitions or enterprise modules in which engineering students can participate.

The competition offers HEIs/FEIs that run enterprise  competitions the following:

  • £3,000 Prize Fund: Typically this is awarded as £1,500, £1,000 and £500 prizes for the top three individual engineers, teams made up of engineers, or teams comprising students from different disciplines including engineers. A mixed team must include at least one engineer to qualify for a prize.
  • Mentoring: The top team or individuals are eligible to have a Sainsbury Management Fellow mentor assigned to them to offer ongoing career guidance and support.
  • Tailored CVs: Working with our sponsor, Purple CV,   all members of the winning teams will benefit from having a professionally written CV, enabling them to make a compelling presentation to prospective employers.
  • Promotional Support: Engineering graduates and undergraduates are of special value, to be celebrated and supported, especially when it comes to being made aware of the opportunities that business skills offer and the way that employers view these skill sets. EIBF works with the HEI/FEI partner to promote awareness of their Engineers in Business funded-competition.

Benefits for Universities and FEIs
Universities and FE colleges compete on an increasingly global stage for their engineering students. The more effective departments and faculties are those that can demonstrate why their offering is different and superior to competitors. Students now look for vocational features, proof of employment market performance, and linkages to accelerator/incubator innovation hubs and other strong employer links.

Benefits for Students
Undergraduate and graduate engineers who have participated in the Engineers in Business funded-competition have reported a positive and useful experience, for example:

“The title Engineers in Business really appealed to me because I’m studying engineering and I have a passion for business and technology, especially with the new start-up culture really taking off.”

“when I saw entrepreneurship I wanted to do that straight away… work needs to be done to get more engineering students to study entrepreneurship.”

Engineering graduate employers have stated that they value skills which are not necessarily widely regarded as a standard part of the typical undergraduate experience. These include softer skills such as team working, communication skills, prioritisation, and commercial thinking. These skills help graduate engineers better compete in the workplace and, arguably, become better engineers – as well as pursue more successful careers. Recipients of the Engineers in Business prizes can also add this accolade to their CVs, making themselves more marketable.

Benefits for the Engineering Profession
EngineeringUK has reported that the UK has a shortage of over half a million engineering workers. At the same time, the UK is failing to persuade young people that engineering careers are exciting, well paid and worthwhile.

The ERA Foundation highlighted that undergraduate engineers feel that their degrees are too narrow:

“…engineering felt too narrow, closing down options on graduation. Engineering is viewed as being a restrictively vocational subject… Engineering is not creative or fun.… many view the profession as being deeply uncreative and technical”

The Engineers in Business Competition aims to help address these problems.

Some of the most important global challenges we face in the world today are not just technical challenges but require the ability to link technologies to an understanding of the market mechanism, business skills and entrepreneurial commercial thinking. The Engineers in Business competition aims to give participants a flavour of how business skills and engineering know-how can create wealth and potentially solve world problems. Participants also learn communication and team working skills.

Equipping young engineers with a business education can have a substantial and highly positive impact on the UK economy. The SMF scheme has supported over 300 of the brightest engineers who have then gone on to create over 270 new business worth over £4.5 billion and created over 18,000 jobs.

Apply for £3,000 grant if you can meet the following criteria:

  • Existing competitions/electives: You have an existing business/enterprise elective that undergraduate engineers/alumni/researchers can take part in. Ideally, the business/enterprise elective will have the ability to increase the number of participants as a result of the Engineers in Business prize fund. The competition does not need to be tailored towards engineers/adapted in any way to meet our needs.
  • Measurement of participant success. The prizes are normally awarded for 1st/2nd/3rd places (team or individual) so the business/enterprise elective should be able to rank and identify these winners as part of its standard assessment process. Having said this, that is the norm – we are flexible about the structure of the financial awards to winners.
  • Measure participation. Our charitable aim is to increase participation of engineering undergraduates and graduates in a business elective. Therefore it is important that the number of participating engineers can be measured and compared to earlier years.
  • Promotions: Promotion and communication of the Engineering in Business element of your enterprise competition to undergraduates, graduates, researchers, alumni.  EIBF will provide support with promotional messages and we would work with you on the promotion of winners.

Grand Final 

In 2019 EIBF will host its first Champion of Champions Grand Final in central London.  This will enable all the universities that ran an enterprise competition in the previous 12 months to enter their teams in the EIBF  national innovation competition.  Finalists have the opportunity to win the following prizes:

  • A share of a £10,000 prize pot
  • A CV package from Purple CV.  This will include a tailored CV, a cover letter to introduce the candidate to prospective employers and a LinkedIn profile
  • Mentoring by a Sainsbury Management Fellow (first prize winning team)
  • Promotional support

EIBF CV Sponsor  – Purple CV

Purple CV is a UK-based CV writing specialist that has helped thousands of people get on the career ladder, from all sectors and levels of industry.

Purple CV writes all CVs from scratch, taking into account skills, experience and qualifications,  to write a CV that is tailored to a client’s exact sector and career stage/seniority. The company offers a two-day turnaround and 12 months of unlimited revisions on  CVs.   In addition to top quality CV writing, Purple CV’s career experts also write cover letters and LinkedIn profiles.

Purple CV believes that, no matter what sector or level of job, a great, personalised CV is the secret to getting noticed by prospective employers.  Purple CV is committed to providing affordable CVs for everyone no matter their experience or industry.

For full details of this scheme and to see the results of university competitions supported by EIBF, please visit the dedicated Engineers in Business Competition website.


Apply for £3,000 Towards An Existing Enterprise Competition


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