VOOM 2016 takes place over 14 weeks, including a huge public vote, a 29-hour Pitchathon (a Guinness World Records attempt, in fact), and a series of competitive face-to-face workshops.
Competition finalists will have the opportunity to pitch to Richard Branson and the six winning businesses will share over £1 million (€1.2 million) in prizes, plus additional support.
There are two categories:
- START-UP – aimed at early stage start-up businesses
- GROW – for businesses with revenue that are looking to grow
The winner of each category will receive social and PR support, a broadband and telecoms package, a carriage wrap on Virgin Trains, mentoring, financial advice, a £50,000 (€60,000) cash prize and much more. There are also prize packages for four runners up.
Crowdfunder are offering you the chance to run a crowdfunding campaign on top of (and as an integral part of) your competition entry. So while you are working hard to secure public support for your entry, you could also raise money at the same time.
The competition also allows you to put yourself forward for awards within your category:
- The Impact Award – for businesses that put social and environmental impact, as well as profit, at the heart of their business
- The Great Award – for businesses that fly the flag for Great Britain
- The Crowdfunder Award – for those businesses that run a crowdfunding campaign in parallel with their competition entry
Public vote opens: 5 April 2016
Applications close: 10 May 2016
Voting closes: 23 May 2016
Find out more at https://www.vmbvoom.com
Are you working with start-ups, micro and or SMEs? Please encourage them to consider if they have any concepts or technology that could be applied to this challenge.
Designers, makers and entrepreneurs are being challenged to apply for the chance to gain a contract worth £50k and to develop the next generation of products, services and technologies that will make a real difference to the 1 in 6 of us living with limiting long term illness or disability in the UK.
The UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta, is working with the Office for Disability Issues, Innovate UK, Business Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell to champion the issue of assistive technology through the Inclusive Technology Prize. The challenge will encourage innovation through co-creation with disabled people, meeting needs as defined by the users themselves and challenging people to use lived experiences of disability to develop life changing technology.
The competition is using the SBRI competition process, (Small Business Research Initiative) which offers opportunities for businesses, especially early-stage and SMEs to develop and demonstrate technology to public sector funded challenges.
Interested organisations and individuals should visit www.inclusivetechprize.org to apply. The deadline for applications is 16 January 2015.
What is it all about?
It is well known that banks aren’t lending; equity is scarce; and traditional investment returns can often be poor. WoO aim to demonstrate that there is another way…
Windows of Opportunity is a series of FREE events to inform entrepreneurs, businesses and investors about the new types of money and new investment opportunities that exist today.
Who is it for?
Our overarching goal is to make sense of the range of investment and funding options for potential or existing investors and entrepreneurs or young businesses.
- New Investors
- Established Investors
- Angel Investors
If you are an entrepreneur, a startup, a new or an established investor you can’t afford not to know about this and attend one of these FREE Events! Details of the next event are below.
Growth Accelerator is partnering with School for Start Ups on a series of free educational events about types of finance and ways to obtain investments, including the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).
Sheffield Event details: Sheffield, Sheffield City Hall , Fri 12 October 2012
More details about the Windows of Opportunity and other event locations can be found here: http://www.schoolforstartups.co.uk/woo/