South Bank Ignite

Fuelling and funding entrepreneurship at LSBU

Applications for the 2023-2024 South Bank Ignite competition have closed.

But there are lots of other opportunities to spark your start-up, freelance, social enterprise, or side hustle idea.

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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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How can you support innovative students and grads?

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We're Providing the Spark!

We back the doers, dreamers, and innovators.

Congratulations to all the 2023-2024 South Bank Ignite participants. You are taking the first steps to ignite your passion, business idea, or solution to a real-world problem

Keep bringing your hard work, dreams, and can-do attitude; we’ll provide the support, knowledge, and community.



Open Now 1-2-1 Idea Feedback Session

Jan – May Exclusive South Bank Ignite participant support, bootcamps, mentoring, and more!
Sun. 14 Apr. Round 2 Applications Deadline.
Week of 22 Apr. Semi-Finalists are announced with additional support for this elite group!
Wed. 5 June South Bank Ignite Final & Festival!

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Who can apply to South Bank Ignite Round 2?

LSBU students and recent grads (in the last 3 years) who progressed from Round 1 are eligible to apply for the competition’s second round. All 2023-24 South Bank Ignite Finalists must submit their Round 2 application by the deadline in order to pitch their idea and participate in the Finals and Festival on Wednesday, 5 June.

I didn’t apply/make it through Round 1 of South Bank Ignite. Can I still join?

Unfortunately, no. The application process is closed to new ideas for this year’s South Bank Ignite competition.

There are plenty of other opportunities to spark your start-up, freelancing, social enterprise, or side hustle idea. Join an upcoming event or schedule a 1-2-1 appointment with us to get started.

Stay in touch by signing up for the newsletter to learn more, and to find out how you can attend the Finals and Festival in June.

Can I learn more about the South Bank Ignite Round 1 Finalists? Can I watch the final pitches?

Yes! More information about the South Bank Ignite Round 1 Finalists will be posted online soon.

Everyone is welcome to celebrate entrepreneurship at LSBU at the South Bank Ignite Final and Festival. Contact for more information.

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More Competitions and Funding Opportunities

Competitions offer you a chance to test your idea, network with other innovators and industry experts, gather feedback on your business, build entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, and more.

Below are a few external competition and funding opportunities for the LSBU students, alums, staff, and/or community members.

Stay up-to-date on all competitions and challenges by connecting with us on LinkedIn.

Hult Prize – Win $1 million to solve the world's most pressing issues with your innovative social venture

The Hult Prize challenges young people around the world to solve the planet's most pressing issues through social entrepreneurship – and giving them $1 million to do it!

Deadline: February 2024

Cost: Free

Prizes: Every year, one team receives $1M USD in funding to make their idea a reality.

Award Categories: You can pitch any idea you have for a social enterprise, as long as it is world-changing and aligned with at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Eligibility: To apply, you need to be:

  • You must currently be a student enrolled in a degree seeking program.
  • Teams must be between 3 - 5 members. All students must be from the same university, with an additional option to have one, that can be from a different university.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to compete.

Additional Support: South Bank Starters is here to help you with your application and making the best impression for this competition. Set up a 1-2-1 appointment to talk about this competition.

For more information, please visit

Connect with South Bank Starters

South Bank Starters is here to guide, support, inspire, and motivate you. Find ways to connect with the team and your community of entrepreneurial minded individuals. You can email us at