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The university’s search for amazing business ideas.

Kick-start your business idea with £6,000

Now in it’s 16th year, 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.

The Journey

All subject to change


20th JANUARY - 22nd MARCH
Applications Open


15th-18th APRIL - BOOTCAMP
Short-listed entrepreneurs take part in an intensive incubation programme consisting of a 4-day
boot-camp and pitching master-class.



Held at Knowledge Dock, our closed semi-final sees the strongest boot-campers pitch for the first time to a panel of judges for a place in the Grand Final.



The finalists battle it out to win a prize package to kick start their business idea.


Relive E-Factor 2019

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

The Entrepreneur

  • 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)

  • Current Staff of UEL cannot apply - regardless of alumni status

The Idea

  • 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 

  • Innovative

  • Achievable 

  • Market Focused 

  • Financial Viability

  • Entrepreneurial Team

Past Winners

2018-2019: The Blair Academy

The Blair Academy is aimed at helping adults and children in the UK who face social isolation and loneliness. The Blair Academy runs hip-hop dance workshops and events to engage diverse groups of people, ranging from older adults to those with disabilities – and the homeless, as well. 

2017-2018: The Well

The Well (Formally known as The Art of Life) is a wellness and lifestyle consultancy which brings together a range of experts in health and wellbeing, with a common goal of helping women live well. Their goal is to support women in cultivating a life of greater meaning, connection, fulfilment and purpose, and to inspire women to personalise wellness into their own routines and daily practices, prioritising mental well-being alongside ambitious living.

2016-2017: vidiCREW

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.

2015-2016: Pomegranate

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

Combining forces, mother and daughter duo Rebekah Gooden and Marie-Anne Rase created their business My Gammies winning E-Factor 2015. The pair created a range of allergy-friendly health foods for children of nursery age, an idea that was borne out of personal experience struggling to find appropriate food in shops and restaurants for Rebekah’s daughter.

2013-2014: WOMMA

Growing from an identified gap in the market, WOMMA was created to provide women’s martial arts clothing and training gear and compete with the numerous options available to men.
Thanks to E-Factor, WOMMA have produced their first manufactured samples of their originally designed fight gear.