artist support

Competition

WorldLabs Elevating Ideas Competition for Start-ups – Deadline Approaching

Non-dilutive funding for start-ups and innovative ideas from across the world, operating in all fields, with the aim of elevating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The WorldLabs Elevating Ideas Competition provides funding to start-ups and innovative ideas across all fields, with the aim of elevating the next generation of entrepreneurs. The competition is aimed at a global audience and is appealing to anyone who can showcase their initiative and prove it is promising and sustainable.

The award of £50,000 is designed to give early-stage entrepreneurial ventures help with starting up their operations. There are additional benefits in the competition for all participants, including:

  • Publicity: The project will get a publicity boost on WorldLabs and across all other media channels.
  • Collaboration: Finding the necessary connections and establishing meaningful collaborations. Entrants will get their idea noticed and be part of a network of team-members, co-founders and investors.
  • Advancement: Establishing an idea on Worldlabs will help the venture grow beyond the duration of this competition. The same project will keep exposing the applicant to a network of collaborators, partners, advisors and investors.

To celebrate the end of the competition, WorldLabs is hosting an event in London. It will welcome 600+ entrepreneurs and investors, and over 50+ start-ups exhibiting. The top 10 teams shortlisted from the competition will be invited to pitch in front of a live audience and judges. The winner will be announced on the same day. The event will give entrepreneurs exposure to investment opportunities, mentors collaborators and industry influencers to help elevate their project to the next level.

Applications are accepted from entrepreneurs and start-ups worldwide, regardless of the type of idea and the professional/educational background of the applicant.

https://concoursn.com/worldlabs-elevating-ideas-competition/

The deadline for applications to be received is 22 October 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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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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Events

Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLiCE) conference

Curious Minds invites you to register for the 2017 Specialist Leaders in Cultural Education (SLiCE) conference. This year’s conference will focus on how the British Values mandate can be delivered effectively through arts and cultural education.

British Values : Beyond box ticking

Can British Values truly be depicted by a display that includes a London bus, a post box and a picture of the Queen or is there more to it than that?

SLiCE fellows think so. Their work this year has sought to find ways to animate the agenda and to dig down deeper in order to make meaning for colleagues and pupils. They have created programmes of work supported by action research that can be disseminated to other schools. SLiCE colleagues, in conjunction with cultural organisations, have researched areas from how cultural education can impact on the understanding of British Values in secondary academies to an investigation of how dance can deliver the British Values agenda in Key Stage 2. The keynote speakers are Prof. Robin Alexander, an academic and educationalist well known for championing the cause of Primary Education, and Paul Collard, Director of Creativity, Culture and Education. Our speakers will look at the inter-cultural aspects of education. The conference will take place in two centres – the morning session at the Riverside Campus at the University of Chester, the base of our partners RECAP (Research into Creative Arts Practice). The afternoon will be hosted at the newly opened Storyhouse theatre, cinema, library and arts centre in Chester, and will feature an inter-active performance by Prof. Allan Owens. The day offers opportunities to network with peers and advance the conversations that arise from the presentations.

 

Thursday 13 July 2017

09:45-16:00

Riverside Innovation Centre & Storyhouse, Chester

Keynote Speakers & Performances:

Prof. Robin Alexander Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge; Professor of Education Emeritus at the University of Warwick; Honorary Professor of Education at the University of York

Paul Collard Chief Executive of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE)

‘Returning to Haifa’ Performed by Prof. Allan Owens (Co-Director of RECAP, University of Chester) and Dr. Hala Al-Yamani (Dean of the Faculty of Education, Bethlehem University)

Tickets: £35.00 standard / £20.00 for University of Chester Staff and Students

Register here.