Current students at Bath, Surrey, Warwick, Exeter, Buckingham and Southampton University on either an undergraduate or master’s degree course are invited to enter the competition. We encourage collaboration so teams of up to five are welcome. We will require documentation to prove you are eligible to take part.
An innovative product idea that will help improve the car buying and ownership experience or dealership efficiency. You will need to develop your idea into a business presentation, and while you are not required to develop a prototype of your product idea, if you can we welcome it. Your idea needs to be well researched, well developed and, most importantly, commercially viable.
The competition is an opportunity to gain first-hand experiences of industry challenges and current tech trends. You will also gain validation from a global automotive technology company to support future job applications and be in with a chance of winning up to £13,000 between your team! Keyloop will also keep an eye out for any standout students who may be considered for a place on future graduate schemes.
When our panel judges your ideas, they will focus on the commercial business case, the technology behind it and how it benefits the consumer.
Meet the competition’s judging panel
The judging panel reviewing your submissions is made up of a number of Keyloop employees and industry experts. Their knowledge and experience will be invaluable when it comes to assessing every idea and choosing the winners.
CEO at Keyloop
Previously, he was CEO at Finastra, a fintech software company with more than 8,600 customers (including 90 of the world’s top 100 banks).
VP Commercial, Keyloop
Joaquim joined Keyloop in 2019 as Vice President, Commercial. Throughout his career, Joaquim has built a strong track record for growing business in new technologies, through innovation, entrepreneurism, and attention to operational excellence.
UK & Ireland MD, Keyloop
Stuart has more than 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry and prior to joining Keyloop in 2018, his previous roles included Business Development Director, with Cox Automotive.
Innovation Manager, Keyloop
Baljit leads the Innovation function for Keyloop and is responsibe for the innovation strategy; engagement with customers and partners for innovation activities and helping Keyloop become more Innovation-led.
Product Director, Keyloop
Paul joined Keyloop in 2020 with over ten years experience leading Product in both start-up and enterprise businesses across multiple sectors including Fintech, Telecoms, and IoT.
Marketing & Communications Director, Keyloop
Michelle leads a team of international marketers from across Europe, EMEA and APAC. With a previous background at Google, she will bring extensive marketing knowledge on what makes a product launch successful.
HR Director, Keyloop
As a key HR leader at Keyloop, Chris will be reviewing not just the product ideas but the people behind them. Are there any bright sparks with great ideas for Keyloop to support in the future?
Product Director, Keyloop
Chris has extensive experience of managing software across the product lifecycle from product management, development, marketing, account management through to sales. As a judge, his experience will be invaluable in assessing the viability of the product ideas.
International Product Strategy Manager, Keyloop
Lydia joined Keyloop in 2016. Working with a team of international product marketers, she is central to product success, ensuring a clear understanding of customer needs and clearly articulating how the product proposition solves their issues as part of a strong Go To Market strategy.
Editor at Automotive Management Magazine
Respected journalist with a vast knowledge of the automotive retail industry. Tim has been writing in the automotive environment for 20 years with contacts at leading manufacturers and dealership networks.
Founder, Automotive 30% Club
Julia is the founder of the UK Automotive 30% Club, a network of progressive CEOs and MDs who are actively working to close the gender gap in the industry.
Registration open, deadline to submit the proposal, deadline for university level deadline for national level - the competition will include a number of phases.
Following Keyloop announcing the successful proposals, the Idea Development Phase will begin and will run up until April 16, 2021.
As part of this phase, student teams will be asked to build out their proposals into product ideas. These product ideas should be created with the judging criteria in mind.
One of the mentors from Keyloop will be designated during this time to help student teams in the form regular check-ins and to answer questions during product development.