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The Catalyst Challenge

The Catalyst Challenge

Test your skills in a unique and prestigious business competition – take part in The Catalyst Challenge, 15th March 2017!

The Catalyst Challenge is an annual one-day business competition organised by the Careers and Employability Service in collaboration with the University of Southampton Science Park. This is a unique opportunity exclusive to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Southampton.

On the day

You will receive advance training in business planning to develop your confidence in this area (at the Highfield campus), and on the day itself work as part of a team to resolve some challenges typical of those faced by business start-ups, in the fantastic Southampton Science Park setting. Transport and refreshments throughout the day will be provided.

A panel of business experts judging the team presentations

As a team you will pitch your proposal to a panel of experienced business people, in response to a commercial challenge. You will gain invaluable insights and advice through this experience that will help your personal and professional development; you will become a better leader, a better collaborator and develop your creativity and communication skills. Having an experience like this on your CV will impress potential employers from all sectors. If you are planning to set up your own business, it will help prepare you for what is required to achieve a successful start-up.

You may already have knowledge and experience in enterprise, or no experience in enterprise at all – all are encouraged to apply, so long as you have enthusiasm to work on something a little bit different to your degree!

The application process

This event takes place annually at the Southampton Science Park and is open to all University of Southampton students. This year, it will take place on Wednesday 15th March 2017 09:00-18:00. Students need to submit a paragraph outlining why they want to take part and a separate paragraph outlining the qualities they will bring to the competition via MyCareers by midnight on Sunday 26th February. You will also be asked to provide your full name, student ID, University email and faculty of study.

A student completing a business model canvas

24 students will be selected to take part based on the strength of your paragraph submitted. Please ensure you are available to attend on the 15th of March before you apply. You will also need to be available for one of the two training dates on Tuesday 7th March 13:30-14:30 and Wednesday 8th March 11:00-12:00.

To apply for The Catalyst Challenge 2017, please submit your application through MyCareer here.

Applications close midnight on Sunday 26th February.


Created by the University of Southampton Science Park, Catalyst is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial spirits with scientific or technology-led early stage businesses. They are committed to supporting the UK’s position as an innovation powerhouse on the international stage by helping to build market-ready businesses from the foundations of original ideas.

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