Who are we?

  • Downing Enterprise is a competition where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to our expert board for a chance to win cash prizes of up to £2,000, expert mentoring and business training and presentation skills coaching from members of the Downing Enterprise board to set them on their entrepreneurial journey.
  • Participants can enter as individuals or in small teams. At least one member of each team must be a current or recent student at Downing College, Cambridge.

How to apply?

Past winners


Downing Enterprise is a fantastic program that encourages innovation. We grew as a company even through the application process, the mentors are experienced, encouraging and supportive and that learning has just continued as we’ve grown. I would certainly recommend giving it a go.” – Charlotte Roach, previous winner

“Downing enterprise was absolutely pivotal in giving our business the push it needed at the start. Through the process we were incredibly fortunate to benefit from the wealth of expertise of the board to improve our value proposition, finalise our pitch decks, and fine-tune our public speaking skills. With the support and funding from Downing Enterprise, MedPredict has been able to grow beyond just an idea into a company that is actively working with hospitals around the country.” –  MedPredict, 2022 Winners

For more information, please contact enquiries@downingenterprise.co.uk