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Pioneer Awards Ceremony Goes Virtual

Pioneer is Birkbeck’s dedicated programme for our entrepreneurial students and six finalists have been shortlisted to pitch their business to a panel of judges

A photo of 2019 finalists with Jenna Davies, Careers and Careers and Enterprise Manager and (far right) Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities, Sponsors of the Pioneer programme last year.
2019 Finalists with (far left) Jenna Davies, Careers and Enterprise Manager and (far right) Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities, 2019 Sponsors of the Pioneer programme.

On Thursday 18 June we’ll be putting on our finest attire and opening our doors, virtually, for an evening of excitement, innovation and a touch of glitz. It’s the Pioneer Awards & Celebration Evening 2020, marking the finale of this year’s incredible programme that has taken hundreds of students on an inspirational journey to develop their business ideas. 

Six exceptional finalists will be pitching to an exciting line-up of judges, competing for the crown of Best Business Idea and Best Business Pitch. Each award is worth a £1000 cash prize to support their business, along with a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and promotion. 

From sustainability, matchmaking and mental health, to innovative travel, empowering publications and space tech, the diversity of businesses is huge. Each finalist will have 3 minutes to pitch their heart out followed by 3 minutes of questions from the judges. 

As well as revealing the winners, the evening will celebrate and congratulate the journey that every Pioneer student has taken this year, encouraging them to continue with their business ventures. We’ll also be looking ahead to the 2021 programme, which for the first time is open for non-Birkbeck students to enrol onto as a Short Course in starting a business. 

For now, we’re inviting you to dust off your evening wear, grab a beverage of your choice and be part of this unique start-up event. If you’re interested in joining us virtually on the evening, or to be part of next year’s course, please contact Pioneer’s Programme Leader Lucy Robinson for further information. 

Further Information

Read more about the Pioneer Programme.

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