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GradVenture

GradVenture is the Dragon's Den type competition ideal for early-stage start-ups. This collaboration between The Careers Group, The University of London and Seven Hills has been supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs since 2016. We’ve helped young entrepreneurs refine their business plans, practice pitching and win funding to take those crucial next steps.

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GradVenture

GradVenture is the Dragon's Den type competition ideal for early-stage start-ups. This collaboration between The Careers Group, The University of London and Seven Hills has been supporting and encouraging entrepreneurs since 2016. We’ve helped young entrepreneurs refine their business plans, practice pitching and win funding to take those crucial next steps.

GradVenture Final is back!

We are pleased to announce the judges and the finalists for our fifth annual GradVenture Final taking place on 7 July 2021, 14:00-15:30. The themes this year are Building Community and Supporting Wellbeing and our finalists have wowed us with the diverse and innovative ways in which they address these themes, as well as their commitment to the social impact of their business ideas.

Six finalists from four member institutions at the University of London will be battling it out to win a stake of the £5000 prize, as well as the hearts and minds of both the audience and the judges. Our six finalists are (in alphabetical order): 

  • Align – City (Neive Augustin)
  • Baby Blues App – QMUL (Elissar Haidar)
  • The Black Queer Travel Guide – Goldsmiths (Paula Akpan)
  • Carers Creative – Goldsmiths (Isabella Akaleigh Jones)
  • GrandNanny – King’s (Adele Aitchison)
  • SoJo – King’s (Josephine Philips)

Michael Hayman MBE, Co-Founder of Seven Hills and StartUp Britain, will be overseeing the proceedings, together with our esteemed panel of judges, made up of:

  • Anna Brailsford, CEO, Code First: Girls
  • Brigette Bard, Founder and CEO, BioSure
  • Kate Daubney, Director, The Careers Group and the University of London’s Centre for Excellence in Careers and Employability
  • Sharmadean Reid MBE, Founder and CEO, Beautystack

You will have the opportunity to be inspired, encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs and vote for your audience favourite.

Download the programme

See also:

You can watch the pitches of last year’s finalists, as well as highlights of the virtual event on our YouTube playlist.

GradVenture 2020 Pitches on YouTube

Previous GradVentures

Gradventure 2020 winner

GradVenture 2020 winner

Gradventure 2020 winner received £8000 for the Perspective Press Global idea.

Gradventure 2020 runner up

GradVenture 2020

Runners up 2020 for Bubble Mind.

GradVenture 2020 - Finalists

GradVenture 2020

GradVenture 2020 - Finalists