Have you got a great business idea?

In association with the Lloyd’s Enterprise Initiative following the success of the 2017 initiative

The Lloyd’s Enterprise Initiative is a programme of support for young people wanting to start their own business, funded by Lloyd’s Community Programme.

As part of this initiative we are offering the opportunity to 50 young entrepreneurs to receive advice and attend workshops to help them develop their idea and get them ready to pitch their idea to a panel of experts to find the best five business ideas to receive a share of the prize money.

Nwes, through London Small Business Centre aims to encourage young entrepreneurs (18 -25) emerging from London’s colleges and universities.

This competition will offer to help to 50 young people to develop ideas and write a business plan and ultimately instill confidence to empower these young people to pitch their ideas in front of an audience. We hope to enable students to run sustainable businesses. The competition offers:

  • 1-to-1 business advice for up to 50 successful applicants. This is an opportunity to develop their business plan and personal skills.
  • The opportunity to participate in our workshop ‘Perfect your pitch’. The workshop offers practical tips to help attendees become confident public speakers and listeners as well as focusing on understanding your audience and the different methods for communicating with clients and winning new business. People buy from people, so the way you present yourself and your business is key to influencing people and winning new business.

From the 20 successful applicants who have received their 1-to-1 advice and attended the ‘Perfect your Pitch’ workshop, 10 will be chosen to move forward to the big pitch!

Pitching for the Prize Money

The 10 finalists will be invited to attend an event in London in September where they will be given the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of experts including Nwes London Small Business Centre, Nwes Group, and Lloyd’s representatives, and industry experts.

The prize money will be allocated as follows:

• First Prize = £5,000
• Second Prize = £2,500
• Third Prize x3 = £500

Additionally, as part of this competition, all participants will be offered ongoing support through continuing 1-to-1 business advice and participation in workshops organised through the Nwes Group network.

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible if you are:

  • 18 – 25 years old
  • in further or higher education at any London college or university
    interested in starting your own business
  • an EU national


How to apply

Complete the application online below before 31 July 2018.


This programme is funded by the Lloyd’s Community Programme.

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People buy from people, so the way you present yourself and your business is key to influencing people and winning new business.


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