Kick Start your business in 2015 with our Business Venture Competition!

A New Year usually means setting yourself a new challenge such as eating healthy or learning something new. However, 2015 may be the year you decide to kick start that exciting new business idea or decide you would like to work for yourself!

Alongside business advice and workshops, we help DMU students, staff members and graduates turn their ideas into reality with an annual competition.


The Business Venture Competition (BVC) provides applicants with the opportunity to win cash prizes and start-up support to help kick start their business. From illustrators to t-shirt printing, over 15 business ideas have benefited from the competition since it’s launch.

Amy Maher, Project Manager of Campus Enterprise Opportunities in Careers and Employability at De Montfort University says: “Campus Enterprise Opportunities (CEO) Business Venture Competition is a great opportunity to kick start your business idea.  Whatever your idea might be I would encourage any DMU student or graduate to enter the competition, as with cash prizes and business support to be won it is a great way to develop your idea and get it off the ground.”

With cash prizes and start-up support to be won, enter the competition now and start turning your idea into a reality.

Your idea

The competition is for any type of business idea whether it is a product or service. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a new invention or product, you could be looking to become a freelance photographer or start a new clothing range. With different award categories there is something for everyone no matter what faculty you are from.

One of the competitions many success stories is Kieza Silveira De Sousa who studied BA Graphic Design. Kieza was awarded with the Business Award in 2013 and won the overall CEO Enterprise Award for his t-shirt printing company Wear Your Heart Out. Find out more about Kieza’s start-up journey and WYHO in his guest blog post.

Kieza pitching WYHO at the Business Venture Competition 2013.

Kieza pitching WYHO at the Business Venture Competition 2013.

What do I need to do?

To enter stage one of the competition all you need to do is complete a short application online by visiting If you have any further questions about the BVC please email


Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to Campus Enterprise Opportunities (CEO) brand new sparkling blog. If you haven’t come across us before we offer advice, support and guidance to De Montfort University’s students and graduates who are interested in starting their own business, becoming self employed or freelancing.

CEO’s events help to increase student’s business start-up knowledge and provide valuable inspiration to develop their idea, whatever type of business they are looking to start.

From online designer shoe boutiques to festival taxis, hard work and dedication means that hundreds of innovative ideas from DMU students have already flourished into successful business with the support from CEO.

What can you do for me?

So, whether you’re a first, second or third year, graduate or a member of staff at DMU, Campus Enterprise Opportunities will have an event that will develop your enterprise skills and help you stand out from the crowd.

We offer a range of start-up sessions to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to help you kick start your business. There are one to one advice sessions available with our start-up surgeries; these also include specialist surgeries providing Finance, Marketing, Legal and Intellectual Property advice.

We also offer a range of ways to fund your business idea with Enterprise Inc,Business Venture Competition and our Start-up Bursaries.

Have you finished yet, we hear you ask? Nope, there’s still more!

Alongside all of this CEO are able to offer you a space for you to develop your business idea. De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre is a hub for start-up businesses and future entrepreneurs and is available for you to use, free of charge.


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