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.
All subject to change
14th January - 25th March
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&C’s).
Application Marking Criteria
- Market Focussed
- 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.