About the New Enterprise Competition

The New Enterprise Competition is the University of Bristol's flagship start-up competition, run by the Basecamp Enterprise team.

Every year we award £35,000 of funding to entrepreneurial students, staff and alumni. These start-ups cover a broad range of areas from jewellery design to novel vertical farming technologies.

We provide funding for all levels of start-up through three stages; supporting University of Bristol Entrepreneurs from Ideas, through Development to Growth of their ventures. Check out first-hand experiences from successfully funded businesses at each stage of the competition through the links above.

Winners join a prestigious group of start-ups and spinouts and are part of the 20-year tradition of celebrating and rewarding entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol. Thank you valued sponsors for helping us make the New Enterprise Competition a success for the past 20 years.  

Thank you to all our mentors for their support. Last year's competition paired 25 aspiring entrepreneurs with a talented pool of experienced mentors. The calibre of applications was exceptional, and our mentors played a significant role in that.

How to enter the New Enterprise Competition

For further information about the Ideas, Development and Growth stages of the competition, including how to apply, please follow this link.

Who are the Basecamp Enterprise Team?

We are a team of start-up specialists that sit within the Careers Service at the University of Bristol. We provide start-up support for all students, and alumni up to three years after graduation. 
Find out more about Basecamp here.

All this is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors:

Last year's winners and finalists

Winner announcement

Kaedim win £10,000 and 12 months SETsquared incubation through the New Enterprise Competition Growth Stage.

You can read more about the winners and the competition here.


Kaedim was founded last year by Computer Science with Innovation masters’ students, Konstantina Psoma and Roman Bromidge. The software enables 3D creators to spend more time doing what they love by automating repetitive tasks using AI, turning sketches into digital 3D models in seconds. The prototype is currently being tested by Aardman Animations.

Konstantina said: “We are overjoyed and honoured to have won the New Enterprise Competition! It means we can put in place key measures to protect the IP we’ve created and gives us the breathing room to develop Kaedim into what we know it can become. We can now go forward with confidence during this summer without losing the momentum that we’ve built over the last year.”

Roman said: “We are hugely grateful to the Basecamp Team for this amazing opportunity, and to the everyone at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship who helped us make Kaedim a reality. Going from only an idea to testing our first prototype with Aardman and others, we’re proud of what we’ve already achieved, and we’re even more excited for the future!”

Runners up:

You can find descriptions of their businesses below.

People’s Choice Award winner:

The winner of 2020 People’s Choice Award is E2E – with a massive 640 votes.
The Peoples’ Choice Award is a separate £2000 award which is voted for publicly. 

The response has been overwhelming with 2,494 votes in total!
The competition has  closed but you can still view the ten virtual pitches via YouTube.

Please check-out the fantastic finalists below:



Everyone knows plants need light, but shade is also critical. AlboTherm’s novel polymer additives turn reversibly reflective at high temperatures, shading delicate crops when they need it most. Our additives will be used to create responsive shade paint for greenhouses, making sure plants always have the right light.


Chisel Robotics

Chisel Robotics is redefining the amputee's experience with the prosthetic devices by introducing "Smart prosthetic Socket for lower limb amputees" to provide personalized care beyond clinical settings.



E2E exists to empower students and academics through peer to peer conversations. We provide students, academics, and businesses a space to connect and solve problems. Breaking down barriers that can hinder stimulating conversations one question at a time.



Gut inflammation affects millions of people worldwide, but a lack of treatment options means patients are reliant on drugs with negative side effects. Ferryx is developing safe and effective bacterial products to prevent and treat inflammation with minimal risk of side effects.


Forefront RF

Forefront RF is developing a new radio technology which enables smartphones to operate on any mobile network, anywhere in the world - something currently not possible on 4G and 5G. Our hardware will also be 10x smaller and 5x cheaper than existing wireless components.



HYBR is an online marketplace for student accommodation that connects students directly to landlords, cutting out the letting agent. Our mission is to make student accommodation quick, easy and fair for all.



At Kaedim we enable 3D creators to spend more time doing what they love by automating repetitive tasks with our AI powered software that turns your sketches into digital 3D models in seconds. We are testing our prototype with Aardman, offering a potential route to market.



Silicon photonics uses the process that's used to make computer chips to make circuits for light. Luminiferous is creating a vast set of component designs that will help chip designers to build products with uses ranging from energy efficient communication to early diagnostics.


Quantum Dice

Quantum Dice is pioneering device-independent, self-certifying true random number generation. The unique DISCTM Quantum Random Number Generator employs advanced silicon photonics technology to produce high-quality, certified randomness from an on-chip laser source.



SilviBio create seed enhancement technologies to enable growers to sustainably and efficiently produce crops under a wide variety of environmental conditions. Their first prototype product is a seed coating technology which enables increased seed germination in dry conditions.


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