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Student Startup Challenge

Student Startup Challenge with Fish On Toast

Are you interested in launching your own startup? Or maybe you're bursting with business ideas but don't yet feel like you have the knowledge, skills, or confidence to turn them into a reality? Then look no further, the 2023 Student Startup Challenge is the perfect event for you!

What's in store for you at the Student Startup Challenge?

The Student Startup Challenge is here to guide you through what it takes to launch a startup in just one weekend. Working in teams, we will help you come up with an idea to transform into a startup in just 48 hours. We'll teach you the necessary steps it takes and prepare you to pitch to our panel of judges for a chance to win some fantastic prizes. 

Throughout the weekend, you'll have the opportunity to:

Gain knowledge from our experienced Student Enterprise team and business professionals

Acquire essential skills for launching and managing successful, customer-focused, and resource efficient businesses.

Dive into real world customer discovery, gaining practical insights to enhance your critical thinking and decision making.

Level up your pitch game to master the art of compelling storytelling, ensuring your vision resonates powerfully with key stakeholders

Meet students from across the University, and maybe meet someone with the complimentary skill-set you need for your startup team!

Join us for the Student Startup Challenge and discover how to transform your ideas into reality during an action packed, enjoyable weekend!

There will be a drinks reception on the Friday night, and we will provide dinner on both Friday & Saturday night. 

When is it?

The Student Startup Challenge takes place over the weekend of Friday 10 November to Sunday 12 November.

Where is it?

Barclays Network Eagle Labs - Southampton City Centre. 

About the Venue:

Eagle Labs is more than just a space, it's a creative hub. Packed with state of the art facilities, it's designed to nurture businesses from the ground up. It's a place where 'what if' ideas transform into thriving businesses. 

Fantastic Prizes Await 

The prizes for the 2023 Student Startup Challenge are bigger and better than ever. You'll get the chance to showcase your newfound skills and ideas to a panel of judges for fantastic prizes. 

Save the Date

Applications are open now. With limited spaces available, this event is sure to fill up fast. 


Click here to secure your place in the Student Startup Challenge!

17:00 – Check in at Eagle Labs in the city centre

17:30 – Welcome and introduction

18:00 - Ideation Session

19:00 - Dinner & team formation 

20:00 -  Casual drinks and networking

9:30 – Morning check-in at Eagle Labs in the city centre

10:00 – Lean Model Canvas Introduction 

11:00 - Customer Discover and Validation 

12:00 - Customer Discovery Practical

14:00 – Lunch

14:30 - Rapid Prototyping and MVP (Minimum Viable Product) Generation

15:30 - Mentoring session on MVP 

16:30 - Group Work

18:00 - Dinner followed by group work 

20:30 - Fish on Toast Takeover for a night out on the town

9:30 - Morning check-in at Eagle Labs in the city centre

10:00 – Pitch Fundamentals 

10:30 – Group Work 

12:30 – Lunch (Please bring your own)

13:00 – Final practice of pitches to allocated mentors 

13:30 - Final Pitches 

15:30 - Award Giving 

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