Four university students or graduates from across the North will pitch their business idea to a live audience, with the winner walking away with £1,000 and a mentor to create a full business plan.
The audience will deliberate during the awards dinner and then deliver their verdict.
Last year’s winner was Emma Woollard from The University of Chester, who wowed the audience with a business that teaches foreign languages in informal surroundings, The Language Guys.
Antonia Furness, co-founder and chief operations officer at Manchester-based CCL Digital, said: “We are passionate about supporting and investing in our young entrepreneurs of the future, and we believe the University Entrepreneurs Grant as well as the UEC is a fantastic platform for them to showcase their talent.”
The pitching is part of the University Entrepreneurs Challenge (UEC) supported by UCLAN (The University of Central Lancashire) and The Pilot Group, which will see maturer university spin-offs compete for larger cash prizes and the UEC trophy.