Kick Start Your Business in 2015 with Campus Enterprise Opportunities!


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

Campus Enterprise Opportunities can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground. From online footwear boutiques to festival taxis, hard work and dedication means hundreds of innovative ideas from DMU students and graduates have flourished into successful businesses with the help of CEO.

CEO can help increase your business start-up knowledge and provide valuable inspiration to develop your idea through a range of events and competitions, whatever type of business you are looking to start. Getting involved with CEO isn’t just about starting a business. It is also about developing enterprising skills that could help you stand out from the crowd when you are starting out in the world of work.

Business Venture Competition

Alongside business advice and workshops, Campus Enterprise Opportunities 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 its 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 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 reality.

Your idea

The competition is for any type of business idea – whether it is a product or a 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 competition’s 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.

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

The deadline for entries to stage one of the competition is Monday 9 February 2015.


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