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European Student Startups

ESS is Europe's first seed investment platform solely for students and recent graduates. We are looking for ambitious students and investors to take part.


Meet the ESS18 Team


Supported by the LSESU Entrepreneurs, we have team members from various top London universities: London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), Imperial College London, and University College London (UCL)

To get in touch please email us at or contact Abhi Setia or Capucine Cogné, our co-Presidents, at or


DEMO DAY: MARCH 27th 2017

We must Thank Simmons & Simmons for their massive support in making ESS17 such a success. Their 150 seat auditorium with break out rooms for team preparation and complete facilities ensured the Demo Day success. As well as Simmons & Simmons we must also thank all our other Sponsors, Advisors, Partners, Judges and of course the startups!
All our startups were massively impressive on the day but our judges decided the following:
1st Place - MotionPilot
MotionPilot have patented technology that will revolutionise the way in which both amateurs and professionals will control and fly drones in a more natural way.
2nd Place - Microquin

MicroQuin is a biotechnology, R&D based company focussing on progressing lead compounds into clinical trials. So far they have identified a protein that in tests has killed 100% of Breast Cancer cells in-vitro.

3rd Place - Effishent
Effishent Indonesia is a social and entrepreneurial project founded by Enactus Mannheim e.V. The project is about an aquaponics farming business in the rural and mountainous regions of Indonesia to fight poverty and to improve the nutrient food supply in sustainable way.

Demo Day Judges


Exciting News!

We are delighted to announce our exclusive partnership with Build It Up, a Europe wide investment competition partnered with 5lion Holdings who are looking to invest 100,000-1 million Euros in a student startup!

Build it Up is a non-profit organization based in Italy that promotes an entrepreneurial spirit among students and young graduates. They offer a range of entrepreneurial services:

- Consulting division: we offer free consulting services to young entrepreneurs to help them develop and refine their ideas.
- Education & Business Development division: we organise events such as startup competitions, workshops and conferences.

After only four years from its foundation, Build It Up counts 65 associates and 30 partners who contribute to the organisation of more than 50 business games and conferences, processing almost 500 ideas and generating numerous successful startup stories.

5Lion Holdings and Vision Capital are part of the network of Build it Up.

For more information visit our website

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