Lion’s Den Challenge – 2013/14

The Lion’s Den Challenge is aimed at all students and staff at King’s College London.

The Challenge aims to transfer and develop research ideas into successful business plans, and bring together research and business to create successful ventures.

All that is needed is:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Enthusiasm for starting a business
  • Creative ideas
  • Motivation and desire to succeed

We are looking for those participants who have the creative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit but are perhaps lacking in business advice and vice versa.

If you don’t think you have the business skills, there’s no need to worry. We provide:

  • Training on business and commercial awareness
  • Networking and presentation skills
  • Answers to your questions on business
  • Chance to match up with business and research students at our networking sessions

The final workshop, focusing on taking your business to market is on Monday 25 November 2013, 6-9PM in Room G79, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus. RSVP to

The Lion’s Den Challenge is heavily focused on nurturing the development of entrepreneurial skills for all those students and staff trying to launch their own ventures.

We welcome all viable business ideas. If you believe your business could succeed, we want to help you get to the first stage!

The Lion’s Den Challenge is open to new ideas and spins off from previous businesses. This could range from having a ‘snail farm’ business to providing highly technological products for scientific firms. As long as you can justify your business idea, we’ll accept it!

There are two rounds to the challenge:

1) Open submission round: after the final workshop, entrants are asked to submit their business idea through our online platform (from 25 November, closing date of 20 January 2014).

2) The top entries are invited back to pitch their proposal in the Grand Final on 24 February 2014 , in front of a panel of judges and answer any follow up questions.

For 2013/14, Lion’s Den Challenge has two available prizes, totalling £11k. These prizes identify the importance and spirit of the challenge, as well as incentivising the business idea to move forward. The prize money could be awarded individually or if the idea and pitch are exceptional, one entry could win the lot!

‘Best Business Idea’ £10,000 – Convince the judges that you have the best business idea and you could win the top prize on offer.

‘Best Pitch’ £1,000 – Pitching skills can be just as important as the idea itself. Presenting a compelling business idea is half the battle and presenting it well could win you this prize.

For full details of the challenge:

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Supervisory Excellence Awards 2013/14 – Competition Now Open!

Supervisory Excellence AwardsNominations are now invited from Postgraduate Research Students, Heads of Departments/Divisions, Heads of Graduate Studies and Heads of Schools, for the 2013/14 Supervisory Excellence Awards (SEA) at King’s College London . The aim of this scheme is to recognise the important role that supervisors play in the success of their postgraduate research students, and to reward excellence in supervisory practice.

Each School/Institute at King’s may receive an award worth up to £1000, which can either be awarded to one supervisor or split between two supervisors within the same School/Institute. Winners of an award will also have the opportunity to receive recognition of their achievements at a College Graduation Ceremony.

Nominations must be submitted through an online nomination form by the deadline of Friday 13 December 2013

For more information please refer to our Supervisory Excellence Award webpage on the King’s Internal website at:


Graduate School Conference Funds 2013/14

The King’s Graduate School is pleased to announce that we are offering limited funds to support postgraduate research students at King’s College London to attend conferences for the purpose of delivering an oral or poster presentation in 2013/14.

There will be four competition rounds for the 2013/14 academic year, and each round has a set deadline, as follows:


DEADLINE For conferences commencing within the following period


15 October 2013 22 October 2013 – 5 February 2014


15 January 2014 6 February 2014 – 5 May 2014


15 April 2014 6 May 2014 – 5 August 2014


15 July 2014 6 August 2014 – 5 November 2014

If you’re a postgraduate research student planning to present at a conference during the 2013/14 academic year, check out the our intranet webpages for further details.