Welcome to The Grad Factor – the UK Government-endorsed National televised student business pitch contest, proudly partnered with RBS & NatWest, and officially supported by StartUp Britain and Journolink. The Grad Factor has quickly become established as one of the biggest student business pitch contests in the UK, designed to showcase some of the very best UK start-up talent and start-up ideas nationwide within Higher Education. The Grad Factor is all about encouraging students to have the confidence and right mind-set to be able to – and want to – drive an idea forward. With our support and pitching platform, The Grad Factor seeks to discover genuine talent with a passion to succeed and to help newly established businesses be able to build sustainable companies that can grow through the support of our Partners, Supporters and Friends within the Start-Up Community. PLEASE NOTE: The Grad Factor pitch contest took a break in 2016. Further details on exciting plans for 2017 will be published here soon.


Each of our 4 category Award winners won a prize package enabling vital support and guidance for young start-up businesses, ensuring a more sustainable future. Each winner received:

  • PR & Brand Promotion (1 Year) – a dedicated PR agency service including a 1-to-1 PR session on ‘Building your Brand through PR and Social Media’, courtesy of Journolink
  • Bespoke Support – Up to 6 sessions of free mentoring with RBS/NatWest Industry experts
  • An Ipad Air 16GB, courtesy of RBS/NatWest
  • The Grad Factor Award! – The highly prestigious crystal awarded to each winner.


The Grad Factor Grand Final was a wonderful occasion as we celebrated some of the very best entrepreneurial talent within UK Higher Education. Here are some pictures from the main event last year:


Award Winners (L-R Front Row: DentaliQ, EuropeOnline, Digital Fineprint, with Judges (L-R: Cassandra Harris, Julie Baker, Cliff Prior, Peter Sage), Special Guest Ben Towers and Creator of The Grad Factor, Keith Chaplin-Mabbutt.      






Special Guest, Ben Towers (Voted by The Times as The Smartest Kid on the Planet 2015 at just 17 years old) – with the BBC cameras! (+ Keith Chaplin-Mabbutt finding something rather amusing!)     





The Grad Factor 2015 WINNERS: EuropeOnline (Main Left), DentaliQ (Top, with the Judges), Digital Fineprint, and







A packed room!        







The Two Creators! Creator of The Millionaire Business School, Peter Sage (Judge) and Creator of The Grad Factor, Keith Chaplin-Mabbutt.      







What a day. Thanks to our wonderful hosts and partners, RBS & NatWest.        






The Eligibility Criteria for The Grad Factor 2015 was: To be eligible to enter The Grad Factor 2015 competition and to be valid for any prizes the competition may offer, individuals agreed, by entering, to adhere to and meet the following:

  • Entrants must enter into only ONE of the four offered categories.
  • Entries will only be deemed valid where they have been successfully submitted and received by us from 09:00 on Monday 28 September to Midnight (00:00) on Saturday 31 October. Any entries submitted either side of these dates and times will NOT be valid for competition entry. Our decision is final.
  • A maximum of 2 people can enter per business start-up. Three or more individuals entering on behalf of the same business will render that business (and entry) invalid. Additionally, if two entrants represent the same business start-up at any time during the competition, both individuals must have entered their registration details separately via this page, the official competition entry page, in order for their business to be valid. If only one student enters, only that student can audition and be considered for further selection.
  • All valid entries must ensure a copied and pasted YouTube video URL link is included. The privacy settings on your video must be set to either ‘Public’ or ‘Unlisted’ otherwise we will not be able to view your video. The video pitch must not exceed 60 seconds. If it does only the first 60 seconds will be reviewed and considered.
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and be studying at a recognised UK Higher Education establishment. This includes both Universities and Business Schools. The competition is open to any student at any level (Bachelors/Masters/MBA etc).
  • Entrants should have an idea for a new start-up business otherwise will be permitted to enter with a new start-up venture already established but one which has not been formed for longer than 12 months. (** In this case we will refer to the accounting reference date for your first accounts meaning that to be eligible, your first accounts must not fall on or before 1 November 2016 **).
  • The start-up business must be registered, or seeking to register its operation, in the UK.
  • Entrants will be deemed as looking for funding and/or support for their start-up business.
  • By entering the competition entrants declare they are 18 or over, eligible to own and run a business in the UK, that their business idea is their own, and they are free to disclose it.
  • All entrants agree to be contacted by StartUp Factor Ltd, the organising company of The Grad Factor contest, for the purposes of case-studies and media opportunities.

If you would like to find out any information about The Grad Factor pitch contest please contact our Enterprise team by email: See you again soon!