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New prize will award up to £15,000 in equity investment for entrepreneurial solutions relevant to the UN SDGs.

We are pleased to announce that Lucy Cavendish College will partner with Ankh Impact Ventures (AIV) to support the inaugural 2024 Female Founders Prize. This initiative aims to empower women entrepreneurs and foster innovation.

To be eligible for the Female Founders Prize, participating teams must be led by either a current female Lucy student or a recent Lucy alumna who graduated within the past five years.

The Female Founders prize will be competed for, and awarded, alongside the annual Lucy Enterprise (LucEnt) Challenge, in which student teams identify an enterprising solution to a challenge relevant to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The judging and awards will be hosted on Sunday the 10th of March 2024, at the end of the LucEnt Challenge Weekend at the College.

Student and alumna-led teams will pitch for the top prize of up to £15,000 in equity investment from Ankh Impact Ventures (AIV). £10,000 in further grant prizes will also be available.

Click here to learn more and apply to the Prize

College President, Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins says, “We are delighted to partner with Ankh Impact Ventures on this trailblazing prize, which will empower young women to develop entrepreneurial mindsets and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future, in line with the Lucy vision.”

About Ankh Impact Ventures

Ankh Impact Ventures is an impact-driven venture capital investment platform that funds the future's rising stars, with an emphasis on gender and racial equity. 

This collaboration between AIV and Lucy Cavendish College underscores their commitment to promoting gender equity and fostering impactful entrepreneurship among women. The Female Founders Prize marks a significant step towards empowering women innovators and shaping a more sustainable future.

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