Varsity Pitch 2022 Competition

The hunt is on for the best student and graduate business ideas!

Are you a current college or university student or did you graduate in 2017 or later? Are you running a business, starting a business or do you have a business idea that could be the next BIG thing? 

Fancy winning an amazing £15,000, a national title and more opportunities to enhance your business than you can shake a stick at! Then the Tata Varsity Pitch 2022, powered by NACUE is for you!  

Proud to be supported by Tata for over 10 years now and designed to celebrate and showcase the phenomenal entrepreneurial talent coming out of colleges and universities across the UK. 

Since its start, the competition has embraced and championed over 1,750 alumni, many involved not just in the competition but beyond that too so here’s the opportunity to join them, what are you waiting for!  

Applications are now open for Tata Varsity Pitch 2022, powered by NACUE, your opportunity to compete for the prize pot of £15,000 equity free cash, with an array of fantastic opportunities to enhance you and your business.

The three-stage competition includes an ‘Online Peoples’ Vote’, a 2-day bootcamp with an impressive line-up of industry experts, highly innovative support organisations and an exclusive Grand Final with well-respected individuals from the entrepreneurial eco-system. 

The competition is open to any current students at a UK university or college or anyone who graduated in 2017 or after.

Don’t miss out on checking our Application Guide before submitting your application.

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About Tata Varsity Pitch Competition

Tata Varsity Pitch 2022, powered by NACUE is an annual, national early-stage business pitching competition, that celebrates the best businesses emerging out of colleges and universities across the UK. It represents one of the flagship enterprise events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), highlighting and showcasing the entrepreneurial flair of young businesses for over 10 years now.

Open to both current students and those graduating in 2017 or after, applicants have the opportunity to apply in two categories, simply by submitting a 60-second video pitch, presenting their new business solution and innovative ideas. It’s that simple!

In October, 30 shortlisted applicants will be asked to pitch their ideas online at the virtual semi-finals to a highly regarded panel of judges. The winner of the Online Peoples’ Vote, the applicant who successfully ran the most engaging viral campaign and obtained the highest number of votes, will be joined by the finalists of each of the 6 categories, to progress onto the Bootcamp later in the month.

The Grand Final will see the seven start-ups competing to win the £15,000 equity free funding and a national title bestowed upon them in Global Entrepreneurship Week, in November 2022. Each finalist will have three minutes to pitch their concept to an esteemed panel of industry experts and to become the 2022 winner!

Triple your chances of success in our competition by entering TWO categories of your choice, as well as automatically entering the Online Peoples' Vote!

The Categories




Does your business have a passion to drive positive social impact globally? This category is for those businesses aimed at making the world a better place, focusing on the critical challenges in the UK and worldwide, as well as look to address the Sustainable Development Goals laid down by the United Nations.




Does your business have an idea which could be bold, transformational or the next “big thing”? This category is for those businesses with fledging ideas and early stage concepts, who have not yet become revenue generating. 



HEALTH & WELLBEING with Tata Communications

Does your business look to tap into the major the health and wellness industry worldwide? This category is for those businesses covering clinical needs, physical and mental health, as well as improving livelihoods, patient outcomes and general wellbeing.



GENUINE INNOVATION with Tata Consumer Products

Does your business have a new way of dealing with existing processes or an industry field? This category is for those businesses seeking to disrupt, improve or enhance the way things are done in an enhanced or unique way. 



CREATIVE & DESIGN with Tata Consultancy Services

Does your business have the flair and talent to succeed within the world of the creative industries? This category is for those businesses working within the lifeblood of the creative industries, arts, design, fashion, gaming, marketing, media, music and software development.



DIGITAL & TECHNICAL with Jaguar Land Rover

Does your business have the have the digital solutions to help businesses succeed? This category is for those businesses who look to enhance the fastest growing businesses in the global economy through apps, hardware and online products or services.




We are giving one business the chance to be fast-tracked from the application stage straight through to becoming a finalist, simply by creating an online viral campaign to promote your video entry so get thinking how you can showcase your idea succinctly...

The applicant with the highest number of digital votes by midday on Friday 30th September 2022, will be announced along with our shortlisted candidates for the semi-finals, on Wednesday 5th October 2022.

Each applicant has to decide on their participation in the Online Peoples’ Vote in the competition’s application form. If you change your mind, you can reach out to NACUE team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know.

Each confirmed application will be uploaded on the Tata Varsity Pitch website for the start of the Online Peoples’ Vote, all you need to do is get those votes rolling in!!


Get your friends, family, teachers, your next-door neighbour… anyone you can think of to vote for your business idea. They can do this by heading to the Tata Varsity Pitch website and signing up via the Online Peoples’ Vote registration page, one vote per registration. Voting opens midday on Monday 26th September to midday Friday 30th September 2022.

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