South Bank Ignite

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Enter South Bank Ignite, the business ideas competition exclusively for LSBU students and graduates. Bring your passion and dedication - and your vision may become reality!

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Meet the 2023 Finalists

Be inspired by the ideas that wowed us at the 2023 Ignite competition.

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Help & Support

You bring the idea, we'll bring help! Workshops, mentoring, and more.

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Partner with Ignite 2024

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We'll Provide the Spark!

We back the doers, dreamers, and innovators.

If you have a passion, business idea, or solution to a real-world problem, join the South Bank Ignite Competition.

You may win a share of a £15,000 prize pot plus the training, support, mentorship, and network to bring your vision into reality.

No business experience is necessary. Bring your hard work, dreams, and can-do attitude; we'll provide the support, knowledge, and community!



Next Step

Open Now 1-2-1 Idea Feedback Session BOOK VIA CAREERHUB
Wed. 18 Oct. Enterprising Minds - How I Won £3K For My Idea SIGN UP
Mon. 13 Nov. – Fri. 17 Nov.Support and Inspiration throughout Global Entrepreneurship WeekSAVE THE DATE
Oct. - Dec. Workshops, Panels, Q&As Sessions, and More Support STAY TUNED
Sun. 7 Jan. Deadline! South Bank Ignite Competition - Round 1 Application APPLY TODAY
Fri. 12 Jan. Round 2! Applications Open
Jan – May South Bank Ignite Finalists Support, Bootcamps, Mentoring, and More!
Wed. 5 June South Bank Ignite Final & Festival

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Answers to your questions

Who can apply to South Bank Ignite?

South Bank Ignite is open to all LSBU students and recent graduates (up to two years). Regardless of your school, degree, or time at university, if you have an idea or passion for a business, you can apply.

All ideas are welcome – whether its for a business, freelance service, social enterprise, or side-hustle.

All stages of the idea and business development are eligible! No business knowledge or experience is necessary.

Why should I join South Bank Ignite? What’s in it for me?

South Bank Ignite offers you:

- An opportunity to express and test your passion or business idea,

- Networks and connections with other LSBU entrepreneurially minded folks as well as industry experts,

- Growth (and CV development) in entrepreneurial skills – like problem solving, thinking-outside-the-box, pitching and presenting, leadership, and more,

- Funding opportunities with prize money as well as fast-track access to LSBU’s incubator and accelerator programmes taking place year-round.

There is so much to gain – and win – by applying!

What information do I need for my application?

When applying, tell us (in a nutshell)

- what the problem or need is,

- how it is currently being solved,

- what your solution is, and how your idea or business solves the problem.

Don’t forget to also introduce yourself (and your team) and how you are in the best position to lead this business idea forward.

Download the Word document of the application to review the information requested, and to work on your answers before submitting the online form.

I need help. What support is available to help me?

The South Bank Starters team is here to help you develop your idea – and win at South Bank Ignite.

Schedule a 1-2-1 idea feedback meeting through CareerHub and attend the upcoming workshops or panel discussions taking place September through December.

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