Do you want to build a business or social enterprise in a weekend?

On 23rd – 25th November, Gradventure will be hosting the first VentureHack at Queen Mary University of London

VentureHack brings together ambitious student and alumni entrepreneurs to form teams, build prototypes, and launch new business ventures.

Participants select ideas with the most promise and make as much progress on the business as possible over the course of only three days. In addition, business leaders and mentors are on hand to share their insights and experience.

This immersive three-day experience is designed to build core enterprise skills and launch new ventures. Participants are encouraged to apply to GradVenture with their newly formed teams. 

VentureHack 2018

Who is the event for?

Are you a student from any of the following UoL member institutions: 

•    Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
•    City, University of London
•    Goldsmiths, University of London
•    King's College London (KCL)
•    SOAS University of London
•    St Mary's
•    UCL

• Are you passionate about entrepreneurship and have an idea that can solve a social, economic or environmental issue? 
• Are you a student or recent UoL graduate interested in being mentored by industry experts and business advisers?
• Do you want to get hands on and learn by doing about business design, market research and developing a prototype?

What do I need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, which fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.


What are the full event timings?

Day 1: 09:00 - 17:00

Day 2: 09:00 - 17:30

Day 3: 10:00 - 19:00

Please note that you must be available all three days. If you will not be able to make part of the event, please email us in advance at:

Do I need to be a current student to apply?

No. VentureHack is open to all students as well as alumni who have graduated less than two years ago.

Do I need to have an idea or be running a business to take part in the event?

No. Just have a passion for making a difference! Please note that your idea should be something you have not previously worked on.

Do I need to have tech skills?

No, not essential. We welcome multi-disciplinary teams. Whether you have a background in business, tech, social development, charity or education, your skills can make a great contribution to a team.

What if my university is not participating?

If you are not from any of the above institutions and would still like to apply, please email: with an expression of interest. 

VentureHack is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

Applications close on Friday 16th November, 11:59pm.


On 23rd – 25th November, Gradventure will be hosting the first VentureHack at Queen Mary University of London.

Apply here

For more information, or to find out how your college can be involved, please contact: