Budding entrepreneurs are invited to showcase their business flair at one of the region’s most popular enterprise competitions.
The Blueprint Business Planning event is open to University of Sunderland students and those who have graduated within the past five years.
To enter, hopefuls must explain their business ideas in a minimum of 500 words.
Those who have already established businesses and are in the early stages of trading are also encouraged to apply.
This year, the event will include three award categories: Bright idea, One-to-Watch and Young Business Award
The winner and runner up in each will be presented with £500 and £250 respectively, and will receive membership and support from The Enterprise Place, a resource on campus aimed at helping students and graduates to develop their own business ideas.
Guest speaker at this year’s event will be Alice Blackie, a Sunderland journalism graduate and young entrepreneur whose online fashion store, Pink Boutique, has quickly proved a success, generating a turnover of more than £1m.
Vince Robson, Blueprint organiser and University Business Development Manager, said: “Blueprint is now in its 11th year and each year the incredible innovation and entrepreneurship our students and graduates demonstrate exceeds all expectations.
“These awards are the perfect opportunity to showcase the enterprising talent we have here at the university and we’d encourage anyone with a great idea or just starting out to enter this award.
“Many of those who have already won an award have gone on to run their own successful ventures.”
The Blueprint awards are now combined with the annual Sunderland Futures event, which celebrates students receiving their Sunderland Professional Award (SuPA).
Launched last year, SuPA is a programme designed to reward undergraduates for making the most of work experience, volunteering, employability skills and extra-curricular academic development undertaken while studying.
The deadline for entries to Blueprint is May 2. For more information and to download an application CLICK HERE