STUDENT and graduate business owners have just days left to enter an award scheme for budding tycoons.

The winner of the Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards will land £50,000 to invest in their business – as well as a comprehensive mentoring prize.

The final date for entries is January 30. The competition is open to businesses across England, Scotland and Wales.

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Applications will be judged during February. Winners in eight regions will take part in a grand final on March 13 at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool.

The scheme, launched in partnership with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs, is part of Lloyds’ drive to help the estimated 55,000 student businesses across Britain.

The awards are open to entrepreneurs currently studying at universities across England, Scotland or Wales and those who have graduated within the past five years and have been trading for more than a year.

All entrants will be considered for two titles – Best Start Up and Best Enterprise.

Martyn Kendrick, area director for Lloyds TSB Commercial in Yorkshire, said: “Britain’s universities are home to many thousands of students who are developing the businesses of tomorrow.

“We want to make sure that these talented entrepreneurs get the recognition and support they deserve.”