King's College Entrepreneurship Prize

The King’s College Entrepreneurship Prize encourages the development of entrepreneurial ideas and concepts, where creativity and knowhow can be converted into sustainable commercial and social benefit. The competition was established in 2014 and past prizewinners have gone on to develop innovative businesses in healthcare, engineering, robotics, communications and consumer products. It is open to all King's members and is independent of the King's Entrepreneurship Lab.

After a long-listing and short-listing process, finalists compete for a first prize of £20,000, with the judges also able to make discretionary awards. The panel of judges is divided between members of the College fellowship and King’s alumni with expertise in business development and venture capital. 

In keeping with the College’s educational mission, all candidates, regardless of whether they are prizewinners, are offered feedback on request and mentorship in raising start-up funds and bringing their concepts to market. The Competition is open to all students, Fellows, Associates and alumni of King’s, irrespective of age.

How to Enter

Please ensure that you have read the competition guidelines before submitting your entry to the King’s Entrepreneurship Prize. Your one-page Business Idea, plus the Entry Cover Sheet (see below), should be sent by email to Amy Ingle in the King's College Development Office. The subject of your email should be the name of your entrepreneurial idea followed by the first name and surname of your Team Lead.

The deadline for the competition entries is Monday 23 January 2023. Good luck in the competition!


Deadline Activity
November 2022 Entrepreneurship Prize opens for Business Idea submissions
23 January 2023 Deadline for one-page Business Idea submissions
28 February 2023 Entrants notified whether or not their Business Idea has made the next stage
20 March 2023 Deadline for submission of supplementary information (4 pages)
7 April 2023 Entrants notified whether or not their Business Idea is through to the Lyons Den
2 June 2023 Lyons Den presentation times confirmed with entrants
5 June 2023 Business Plan paperwork, presentation slides, and all other presentation material to be submitted for pre-presentation administration
22 June 2023 The Lyons Den: presentation of Business Plans to the Entrepreneurship Panel
30 June 2023 Lyons Den finalists notified whether or not they are prize-winners
31 July 2023 Winners to send in an impact statement
11 December 2023 Winners to send through a 6-month progress update statement
1 June 2024 Winners to send through a 12-month progress update statement (further update statements due after 18 months and 24 months)


Judging Panel

  • Michael Proctor
    (KC 2013, Applied Mathematics)
    Michael Proctor
  • Jonathan Adams
    (KC 1986, Economics)
  • Gemma Chandratillake
    (KC 1997, Natural Sciences)
    Gemma Chandratillake
  • Megan Donaldson
    (KC 2015)
  • Hermann Hauser
    (KC 1973, Physics)
  • Lorraine Headen
    (KC 2016)
    Lorraine Headen
  • Stuart Lyons CBE
    (KC 1962, Classics)
    Stuart Lyons
  • Malcolm McKenzie
    (KC 1977, Engineering)
    Malcolm McKenzie
  • Gerard Mizrahi
    (KC 1970, Economics)
  • Kamiar Mohaddes
    (KC 2019, Economics)
    Kamiar Mohaddes
  • Adrian Suggett
    (KC 1985, Electronic and Information Sciences)
  • Shailendra Vyakarnam
    (PhD Cranfield, ASCR at King's)

Past Winners

The Entrepreneurship Prize launched in 2014 and has helped launch innovative new companies such as Nemesis and PoliValve in the health sector, Asan and ViraHealth in women’s wellbeing, Echion Technologies in battery design, RoboK in robotics, and WaterScope in water purification. For more information about the history of the competition, please see all the previous winners.

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