Archive for September 5th, 2018

Funding

Start-Up Series Open for New Equity Investment Round

The Start-Up Series is a seed funding competition, offering equity investment opportunities to UK businesses. The competition aims to identify the country’s brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to each qualify for one of 24 planned seed investments from a total of £3.6 million in equity funding.

Each month, one business will be chosen to receive up to £150,000 of seed funding. Supported start-ups will be required to give away equity in exchange for investment. In addition, Worth Capital will receive a 7% share option in the funded business.

The additional benefits of applying for this competition are as follows:

  • Support: Each winner will have support from Worth Capital via an experienced director.
  • Media coverage: Winning a high-profile competition and the exposure that generates is beneficial when talking to customers, potential employees and future investors.

The Start-Up Series is open to early-stage consumer businesses in the UK that are creating new products or services, or new ways to buy them.

Business owners must be in a position where they are looking to receive funding from investors in exchange for equity in their business. Because the fund will be for SEIS investments, the business needs to satisfy the following criteria set by HMRC:

  • The business must be UK-based and the applicant must be a UK resident over 18 years old at the time of entry.
  • The business must have been trading for less than 21 months and have less than £200,000 in gross assets (so as to qualify for SEIS-funding).
  • The business must employ fewer than 25 staff.

Entries for the competition will be accepted on a monthly basis.

The deadline for the current application window is Friday 14 September 2018

Document type icon Startups website – The Start-Up Series

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Awards

Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize 2019 Applications Sought

The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.

The objectives of the prize are to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, thereby increasing appreciation of different cultures and building understanding between cultures.

The prize consists of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This Prize enables writers to enter from countries where there is little or no publishing industry. Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English. The Prize is intended to unearth and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).

There will be five winners; one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.

Citizens of Commonwealth countries aged 18 or over may apply.

The deadline for submissions for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is 1 November 2018

Document type icon Link to Entry Page

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Events

Bolton International Film Festival Tuesday 2nd – Thursday 4th October

Bolton International Film Festival

Bolton Film Festival returns to the Light Cinema on 2nd/3rd/4th October 2018  – a nine screen cinema housed within an amazing listed Victorian market building in the centre of the town which has recently undergone a twenty seven million pound refurbishment.

Screening innovative and ground-breaking short films from independent film-makers. Whether it’s drama, documentary, animation, comedy, VR or experimental film the aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts.

Supported by partner venues The Light Cinema, The Albert Halls, Neo Arts Gallery, Bolton Library & Museums and The Holiday Inn the festival will screen over 100 short films from both home and abroad over the three days; covering drama, documentary, animation, women in film, diversity in film, student film and community film as well as hosting industry talks, masterclasses, networking sessions and after parties.

https://www.boltonfilmfestival.com/screenings

https://www.boltonfilmfestival.com/talks-biff-2018

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Awards, Creative Industries, Funding, Funding

Pure Talents Contest 2019 Offers Design Industry Support and Cash Prizes

Fund ID: S43413

The Pure Talents Contest, organised by imm Cologne; one of the largest tradeshows for interior design worldwide, is an award for young

product designers.

Over the last fifteen years 436 products from 482 international designers had been presented in the annual exhibition during imm cologne.

In its sixteenth edition in 2019, again up to 20 designers or designer groups will be invited to Cologne to present their prototypes to the

interior design business in the special exhibition of the Pure Talents Contest.

The product categories are: furniture, home accessories, lighting, flooring, wallpaper and textiles, kitchen and kitchen accessories & smart

home.

All selected designers will receive the label ‘PURE TALENTS CONTEST Nominee’ which can be used for their own communication

purposes. Furthermore, all the designers are invited to Cologne, and imm Cologne grants an individual financial support for travelling and

accommodation of the designers as well as the shipment of the selected products.

From the final Jury the first three winners of the competition are selected and awarded with a prize money of €3,000 for the first prize,

€2,000 for the second prize and €1,000 for the third prize. The award for the LivingKitchen Selection is endowed with a prize money of

€3,000.

The competition is open to design students and designers from around the world that graduated within the last three years. Design teams

are also invited to participate; however, each team may only have a maximum of three members.

Applications must be submitted by 14 September 2018

https://bit.ly/2Q9aHjh

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Arts, Creative Industries, Funding, Funding

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary – Call for 2019 Submissions

A bursary programme providing an opportunity for disabled artists based in the UK to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome.

This Bursary is offered is in memory of Adam Reynolds, who died in 2005. Adam was a Chair of Shape and renowned sculptor and activist for disability equality in the arts. Shape is a charitable company aiming to achieve access to the arts for disabled people.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for disabled artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome. The successful applicant receives a grant of £10,000 and a three-month residency with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, Gateshead from 4 March to 30 April 2019.

The residency will include developing and delivering public-facing activities and showing work as part of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary Shortlist exhibition. The artist will also benefit from support and advice from the professional development team at Shape.

The Bursary intends to provide time, space and support for artists to work in an open-ended way for a period of three months. The grant may be used to cover any costs associated with this work, for example:

  • Buying or hiring equipment.
  • Purchasing materials.
  • Living expenses to free up time to concentrate on the residency.

Disabled contemporary artists based in the UK may apply to this programme.

The 2018 submission deadline for the 2019 Bursary is 12 noon on 1 October 2018

Document type icon Link to the 2019 Bursary Information Pack

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