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.
All subject to change
20th JANUARY - 22nd MARCH
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.
6th MAY - SEMI-FINAL
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.
LATE MAY - 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
- 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
- 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
2018-2019: The Blair Academy
2017-2018: The Well
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