Events and Competitions

Need some inspiration to find the right problem to work on? Not sure what a 'startup,' 'spinout' or 'social enterprise' is? Want to learn more about what's involved in running a business? Our events and competitions are the perfect place to start! There is something to suit everyone...


Continually updated with upcoming events both in the University and across the region


Women in Digital Innovation Event

Women in Digital Innovation was born out of a passion to give women in digital innovation a place to exchange know how, talk frankly, and get help to find the right knowledge and information to help them take practical steps to building their dream. Support, equal opportunity to start, scale and grow their ideas, with access to the right tools, support, encouragement and visibility they need.

Date: Wednesday 29th March

Time: 09:30 - 16:00

Location: Sheffield United Conference Centre

Register now for free...


TEDx Sheffield

After nine long years, TEDx is returning to Sheffield and the Crucible Theatre on 10th June 2023.

The theme for TEDxSheffield 2023 is Standing on the Shoulders of Giants and you'll hear incredibly inspiring stories of people - from global leaders to fellow citizens - who embraced the inflection points in their life.

We will be presenting a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances covering a diversity of topics and featuring local, national and international voices.

Our aim is to unleash new ideas, inspire and inform our audience of all ages and backgrounds.

Find out more...

The Boardroom

The Boardroom Masterclasses

Meet the globally leading alumni who led The Boardroom 2022 and watch the recordings of their masterclasses.

View the recordings...

Competition Time



TechInvest is a new event series presented by the UK Business Angels Association and the British Business Bank. Their upcoming pitching event in London on 19th April will spotlight tech entrepreneurs from Yorkshire and the Humber and give them the opportunity to present to an audience of leading investors. Applications for a pitching spot are open until 19th March and are for tech startups raising investment in the range of £250k-3m.

Date: Wednesday 19th April

Location: London

For more details and to apply...

Competition Announce

STEM Focus

A wide range of competitions from IT & Digital Tech, Transport, Sustainability & Energy and Healthcare for all students but with a focus on STEM subjects.  Please note these competitions are not organised by the University of Sheffield Enterprise Team.

Explore competitions now...


JUMP Sports Technology Accelerator

JUMP is a two month long sports technology accelerator designed to provide key business skills, expertise and industry connections to technical founders.  Consider this programme if you are an early-stage tech startup creating products and services designed to improve sporting performance, reduce the risk of injury and/or increase participation and enjoyment of sports and activity.

For more information...

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs is an ongoing programme from TeamSY created to meet the particular needs of women tech entrepreneurs.

This programme consists of a number of activities that can be tailored towards your own needs and those of your business. These include coaching, mentoring, goal setting, strategy, operations, ideas creation, confidence building and accountability. 

Find out more and apply...


GovTech Academy

You might be starting from scratch or you might have an existing small business that is looking to sell to the public sector for the first time. Either way, this GovTech Academy programme is here to help.  It can be daunting trying to figure out how to get your product or service into this space.  Who do you talk to? Where do you even start?  

Designed to answer those very questions and to help you get your business/product/service ready, the GovTech Academy Accelerator is a training and business support programme focussed on selling to the public sector.

For more information and to apply...


Hotbed Accelerate Fund Programme

Hotbed are launching Accelerate, a free six week programme for pre-seed founders looking to raise their seed round. This remote programme is open to founders who have raised pre-seed or can show early revenues, have a product or beta in the market, and are planning to raise their seed round in 2023.

For more information and to apply...

Santander X Training Babson College

Santander X Training Programme

Prepare to go to market and maximize your startup success by acquiring the right tools and entrepreneurial skills with this programme from Santander in partnership from Babson College.  This is a high intensity,12 week programme delivered online.  Best suited for early-stage entrepreneurs and startups who have come out of the pre-incubation stage and are looking to move towards incorporation, and bring their startup to market.  Startups will get the most out of the Launch programme if they have a validated value
proposition and minimum viable product (MVP) which is ready to be tested on the market.

For more information and to apply...