Encouraging enterprise


Entries are now being sought for the first Cambridge Enterprise Conference Business Competition, and the winner will receive a prize of 5,000.

The competition will also be offering the finalists a delegate place at the fourth taking place September 10-11, 2001 at Robinson College, and a chance to pitch their plans to the conference delegates who will help select the eventual winner.

The idea behind the competition is to further encourage the spirit of enterprise that has been a critical part of the conference over past years, and to further broaden its appeal.

'The emphasis of the Cambridge Enterprise Conference has always been to offer practical support and best practice advice to those with an idea for a new business venture or who have already set up an early stage company, and this year we are taking it a stage further with the launch of this new competition,' said Alan Barrell, Chairman of the conference committee.

'Those entering the competition will get a chance to have their business plans evaluated by some very experienced people, and the finalists will be given professional business advice and presentation training prior to attending the conference.'

For all participants, if you have a good idea in mind already that you want to get off the ground, entering the competition can certainly help you to focus on how you might fare or if you have a young business already, how you might progress your start-up further.

Having top-level executives discuss the finer points of your plan is an opportunity to get free advice at this early stage, and preparing for it will enable you to stand back and reflect on your plans and objectives, vitally important to spinning out an idea or getting your company to the next stage of its development.

In this first instance, entrants should submit a one-page summary via the website entry form at www.cambridgeenterprise.co.uk.

Subsequently they will be expected to provide a five A4-page summary describing their business plan in brief which will be submitted to the Conference committee. Entries should be received by August 10, 2001.


The Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge