Kick-start your business idea with £6,000
Now in it’s 14th year, E-Factor has seen over 1000 applications from sectors such as fashion, software, food, sport, music and renewable energy. E-Factor is a fantastic opportunity for UEL students and alumni to embrace their inner entrepreneur; gaining skills in business planning, idea development, marketing, finance and pitching. Through our structured development programme students can refine their ideas through our 4 day boot-camp and 1-2-1 mentoring from our expert in house team. At the end of the programme selected finalists will go head to head in a prestigious live pitching final to an audience of industry professionals with the opportunity to win £6000 grant funding to kick start their business.
E-Factor Final 2019
Attend the final
Wednesday 29th May 2019 | 6:00pm –9.00pm | Natwest Conference Centre, 250 Bishopsgate
Join us for this evening of drinks, canapés, networking and most importantly some serious pitching!
Please note as this is a closed event only those who have RSVP'd will be permitted entry on the night.
Please RSVP confirming your attendance and the names of any guests you may wish to accompany you.
Abigail Lennox - Bread & Roses
Bread & Roses is a home delivery bakery service, born from a passion for creating delicious, high-quality artisanal bread, and a dream of ending the cycle of modern-day slavery through employing survivors of trafficking. We are a bakery business pioneering new ways to end modern-day slavery. Every loaf lovingly crafted and enjoyed supports survivors of human trafficking into lifelong wholeness and freedom.
Charlie Blair - The Blair Academy
Their specialities include sessions for older adults, children and adults with disabilities, and those facing homelessness. The company is centred on hip hop, because it is ubiquitous, and its language is inclusive.
Dan Sharp & Arela Williams - Sharp Training
Sharp Training provides group and individual athlete development classes which combine the physical and mental aspects of well being. We guide youth athletes through their athletic endeavours and give them the tools they need to build strong mental habits. We aim to build a community who uplift each other and strive for self improvement.
James Firkins - MAN_AGE
MAN_AGE publishes meaningful stories of perseverance amidst mental health struggles in an effort to challenge unnecessary societal pressures and to create a community of voices and combat isolation.
They also develop tool-kits, self-help guides and workshops that educate men about health conditions, symptoms and early warning signs. Through these, MAN_AGE aims to reduce the time it takes to seek help, encourage and normalise male-to-male communication, and prevent suicides or avoidable terminal diagnoses.
Laetitia Zanga - Back In Time
Warren Kent - Veritas Technologies
This motivated Warren to ensure that everyone has access to lifesaving equipment at the lowest possible price. To this end, Veritas have revolutionised automated external defibrillators ensuring everyone can afford one.
Be The Difference. Save A Life.
All subject to change
14 January - 25 March
15 - 18 April
Shortlisted applicants take part in a 4-day bootcamp to turn their ideas into viable businesses
Semi-finalists get pitch perfect with training from our industry partner, Wayra
Selected ideas go through to the semi-final at Knowledge Dock in front of a public audience
Grand Final at Natwest's Bishopsgate offices
Relive E-Factor 2018
In a year’s time I’d like to see the business being successful in New York and Los Angeles. And of course I’ll be back here at E-Factor 2019 to support next year’s finalists!Jessica O-George , E-Factor 2018 Winner & Founder, The Well
What we are looking for
- Current Student or Recent Graduate
(Up to 2 years post graduation date or part of a team where the lead applicant is a UEL student or recent graduate.)
- Home Student - UK or EU
(International students are not eligible due to visa restrictions)
- New business idea or existing businesses trading less than 12 months
- All Ideas and Sectors areas (Limited restrictions detailed in our T&Cs).
Application Marking Criteria
- Market Focused
- Financial Viability
- Entrepreneurial Team
2017-2018: The Well
vidiCREW is an app-based service which allows guests at a wedding or other events to capture moments on their phones. These are automatically collated and sent to one of vidiCREW's editors who create a professional quality video at a fraction of the cost of traditional videographers.
Pomegranate is a wholesaler of high quality fruits and vegetables. Nurturing close relationships with some of the most renowned British producers and influential chefs: pomegranate provides distribution and logistics for a range of produce, most notably high quality organic and biodynamic fruits and vegetables to establishments across the capital.
2014-2015: My Gammies
Thanks to E-Factor, WOMMA have produced their first manufactured samples of their originally designed fight gear.