The idea

European Student Startups is Europe's first Angel and Venture Capital Competition exclusively for students. Hosted by the London School of Economics Students' Union Entrepreneurs in partnership with many of the continent's top entrepreneurial student societies, the competition was founded in 2011. At the Grand Final of ESS, the best entrepreneurs will pitch to an audience of experienced investors, looking to put their money into Europe's best new enterprises.

The people

ESS brings together aspiring entrepreneurs with investors where business ideas are turned into reality. As a Europe-wide competition, European Student Startups will host ambitious and driven entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds who will have the chance to find the funding they need in order to start up their companies. It will also give investors the unique opportunity to invest in an exciting mass of new businesses in just one morning, at one location. Entrants will pitch to the investors through a three-stage process, with the finalists earning the opportunity to secure the investment they need to realise their business ideas.

European Student Startups is Europe's first Angel and Venture Capital Competition exclusively for students. Hosted by the London School of Economics Students' Union Entrepreneurs in partnership with many of the continent's top entrepreneurial student societies, the competition was founded in 2011. At the Grand Final of ESS, the best entrepreneurs will pitch to an audience of experienced investors, looking to put their money into Europe's best new enterprises.

How does it work?

The Competition is comprised of 3 rounds. The ESS first round is equivalent to a university’s or society’s own startup competition. Ask you University or society if they provide such a competition, if not, don’t worry! You can apply directly to the first round of the ESS competition. If successful in the first round, your enterprise qualifies for the second round. In order to progress to the grand final you will have to submit a video pitch and a detailed business plan which will be assessed from qualified external judges to ensure top standards and equal treatment. In the Grand Final event each startup team will pitch to a group of investors for about 10 minutes. The winning team will be offered a range of prizes. Last year’s prizes included free office space for 3 months, a premium account with enternships.com and market research packages. Note: Not only the winning team is eligible to receive funding! All teams can receive investments for their businesses. What you need to do: • apply by the 28th of January 2013

• You will need a description of your business idea, of the team members and the evolution of your enterprise. Requirements for applying to ESS:

• 50% of the team must be comprised of university students of any academic level or of people which have been students in the last 24 months

Deadlines

• 1st round : 28th of January 2013

• 2nd round: 18th of February 2013, you will be notified by the 21st of February if you have been successful

• Grand Final: Friday, 3rd of Mai 2013, at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London

ESS 2012

The first and second stages of the process are took place in January and February 2012, with over 150 applications coming in from all across the continent; from Belarus to Estonia and Italy to the UK. These applications covered diverse industries from biotech to ethical trading, proving just how entrepreneurial the student body in Europe really is. Although student focused, each team needed only to comprise of at least 50% European students – allowing for many of our applications to be submitted by teams made up of both students and experienced professionals. The result: an exciting, investable mix of businesses run by passionate and knowledgeable entrepreneurs. The best teams then proceeded to pitch at our Grand Final. Here, they had the chance to pitch in front of Europe’s best investors and secure funding for their businesses.

European Student Startups encourages imagination, initiative, and innovation. The best of the best will compete to secure investment.


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