After careful consideration with all parties involved in the organising of the Educate North Awards 2020, we have taken the decision to postpone this event to Wednesday 3rd March 2021. The awards will now be taking place at the Midland Hotel in Manchester and any investment made will be transferred to the new date. It is vital we protect our teams and all guests at this time and we place no further burden on the brilliant NHS and other services. We know you will all understand and support this decision. We are in the process of informing all participants via email of this change. If you have any questions, please get in touch with please get in touch with Becky Mellor via email at

University Entrepreneurs Grant

The University Entrepreneurs Grant is a fantastic business competition that aims to discover a brilliant ‘bright idea’ that could lead to an amazing new venture, sponsored by Official Patron, The Masood Enterprise Centre at the University of Manchester, and CCL Digital.

The University Entrepreneurs Grant is run in conjunction with the prestigious Educate North Awards – an annual event which celebrates, recognises and shares best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North of England.

Four potential businesses will be selected to sell their ‘concept’ to attendees of the Educate North Awards ceremony. Audience members will vote on which business idea has the greatest potential.

This is a great opportunity for a budding entrepreneur to gain valuable experience in selling their idea to investors, creating valuable business relationships at the start of their journey and taking that first step in making their business dream a reality.

The prize includes a grant of £1000 to develop the business plan, access to a mentor, publicity and the opportunity to return in 12 months to update everyone on their progress.

To be eligible you can be any age and you simply need to have a great idea and to be or have been a student at a one of the North of England’s fantastic universities or further education colleges.

Fill in the application and return it by Thursday April 2, 2020.

Successful applicants will be informed of their success by Monday April 13, 2020.

Please make sure you are available for run throughs’ as well as the event on the afternoon and evening the awards.

On the evening, shortlisted candidates are invited to incorporate technology and presentation materials to assist them in their three minute pitch.

Good luck!


Download 2020 UEG Entry Form

Please submit your entry to Alison Tarpey-Black via


Congratulations to previous winners:

Dave Clayton (UCLAN) Wot wud u do?

Sharmaine Mundozo, UCLAN with Joy Pad

Emma Woollard (University of Chester) – The Language Guys

Deadline for Applications

Thursday April 2, 2020

UEG Shortlist Announced

Monday April 13, 2020