Innovate 19 Competition

Innovate 19 is a brand new, cross-college competition giving HE students the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

The competition is open to any New College Durham student on a Level 4, 5 or 6 HE programme. The winning team will receive £500* plus mentoring from Durham City Incubator and Business Durham, with a prize of £100* for the runner-up. 

To enter:

  • Form a team of two to six people.
  • Work together to come up with a proposal for a new product or service - this can be something that you have already developed in your Enterprise module or in the Young Enterprise initiative, or a completely new idea.
  • You will promote your idea at the College’s Business Breakfast event on Thursday 23 May where you will be able to explain your idea and the rationale behind it and say why your product is worthy of investment and further development.
  • Our judges will decide which team wins.


Durham City Incubator and Business Durham are holding workshops to help teams with their entries. The workshops will include a brief explanation of what is expected of the students’ stands and cover topics such as self-copyrighting, rationale and the importance of innovation. There will also be the chance to ask any questions that you may have.

Register your team now



Registration closes Friday 22 March, 2019.

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*Prizes will be vouchers of the monetary equivalent.