UCFB is delighted to announce the return of the popular Dragon’s Den-style UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition, with a massive £5,000 up for grabs for innovative students.

The competition is led by UCFB Chairman Brendan Flood and provides students with an unprecedented opportunity to compete for vital company investment.

Students from UCFB Wembley and UCFB Etihad Campus will be asked to pitch their sports business ideas to a UCFB panel and then field any questions they might have. The winning team or individual from each campus will receive a huge £5,000 investment.

Previous winners have included Thomas Freismuth, who has opened youth football camps in Austria and Slovenia, and Paul Carr, who has established The Walking Football Association (The WFA) – the new national governing body for the emerging sport.

As well as the chance to win funding for their products, budding entrepreneurs will also receive guidance from Brendan and the rest of the Panel over the next year to help with their product development.

The deadline for entries at both campuses is Friday 31st January at 5pm. To enter the UCFB Sports Entrepreneur Competition, please email s.fitzjohn@ucfb.com (Wembley entries) or m.halliday@ucfb.com (Etihad entries) with the following:

  • Full name(s) of everyone in your business team. Individual entrants are also welcome;
  • One main contact email address and telephone number of your team;
  • Description of your business idea, including detailed business plan with a breakdown of known costs;
  • Name of your potential business/company.

Shortlisted entrants will be notified and invited to present to the panel in late February, with and exact date and time to be announced.

Good luck to all entrants!