Competitions, Awards & Opportunities

The Pitch 2018

Start your application to The Pitch today to win a money-can’t-buy mentoring package and national exposure. Participants get the chance to attend free boot camps. The day-long events include access to a professional pitching coach, practical workshops and an opportunity to build confidence and gain validation from your peers.

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Freelancer Awards

IPSE are seeking talented over-24's to enter their IPSE Freelancer of the Year Award to celebrate the innovation and excellence of freelancers in the UK.

DEADLINE: 12 am on 30th March 2018

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Innovation Challenges

Organisations are seeking your help in solving these Innovation Challenges. If you can solve or have a new approach to any of these corporate needs simply contact us and we will put you in touch with the organisation.

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The Start-Up Series (Worth Capital)

The Start-Up Series: Your chance to receive a £150,000 equity investment

Every month, The Start-Up Series competition searches for the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to qualify for one of 12 planned seed investments from a total of £1.8m equity funding...

Where will the investment come from? The investment comes from a dedicated SEIS fund, launched specifically to back the qualified winners of the series of competitions.

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EU-funded Start-up Entrepreneurship Programme

A hands-on interactive business support programme, fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Arming you with an Executive Summary, a Pitch Deck, a Business Model and a basic Financial Plan, this SETsquared programme will put your business on the path to success.
In addition, you will get the chance to:

* hear from other entrepreneurs who have gone on to raise significant investment
* hone your pitch in front of a panel of investors and expert mentors
* receive valuable feedback to shape your proposition from the speed mentoring session.

The programme is open to all - it is ideal for entrepreneurs with an idea for a tech-based product or service and founders of early-stage technology ventures, as well as more experienced entrepreneurs launching a new product/venture.

Applications for February and March are now closed, other programmes to be announced.

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Small Business Sunday

Every Sunday former Dragons' Den judge Theo Paphitis picks six small business owners to retweet to his thousands of Twitter followers. For the chance to be selected tweet @TheoPaphitis with the #SBS hashtag between 5pm and 7.30pm on Sundays.

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Rise mentoring

Rise London organise mentoring sessions on a regular basis where startups get matched with mentors from Barclays and from the bank's corporate partners. Register your interest to attend and someone from our team will contact you about our upcoming mentoring events.

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O2 Think Big

Need money, support or training to help improve your community? We help young people launch ideas and programmes that benefit the places where they live.

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Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

The Smarter Future programme provides start-up funding of £5,000 and exclusive mentoring sessions with Shell business experts to one winner per month to help young entrepreneurs with the most innovative business ideas to tackle the biggest energy and resource challenges we face.

Monthly deadlines.

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Our Advice

The nest team will advertises a variety of competitions for startups and early stage companies. If we think you are a strong candidate then we may also contact you directly with relevant opportunities. In the past our student and graduate entrepreneurs have done well in competitions such as the Young StartUp Talent (Solent Region) and The National Santander Awards. Of course, we also hold our own annual competition every March, the Enterprise Showcase, where you can nominate yourselves or others to receive one of the highly sought after awards. Keep an eye on our social media after Christmas for how to get involved.