Business Growth

Creative Industries, Funding, Tech

Venturespring Ignite Programme Open to Boost Scale-up Firms

This is corporate accelerator aiming to match scale-up companies in the UK with various corporate businesses. One tech start-up will be selected to attend a week-long summit at Sir Richard Branon’s Necker Island.

The Venturespring Ignite Programme is a corporate accelerator which aims to match scale-up companies with various corporate businesses. The initiative will act as a growth vehicle to inspire, invest in, and guide start-ups to success. The funder’s vision is to inspire leaders to empower growth-driven start-ups to build a better world and to achieve this vision the funder is ‘bridging the gap’ between start-ups and corporations to empower technology ventures to grow and prosper faster.

The programme is looking for applicants who can solve corporate problems – with special emphasis placed on start-ups working across mobility, lifestyle, media, aerospace, travel, fintech, healthtech, AI, AR, VR and retail.

Venturespring Ignite Startup benefits include:

  • Investment of between $10,000 – $100 million through a corporate and institutional investor network and or fund.
  • Access to investors both corporate and institutional depending on preferences.
  • Access to key corporate executives enabling the participant to navigate large corporate organisations for resources including investment – quickly and effectively.
  • Strategic corporate match making for long term partnership opportunities to help ventures commercialise and gain access to whatever it is that they need.
  • Exclusive access to and deployment of hard-to-reach corporate resources that will allow the venture to move on to the next level.
  • An invitation to a Summit on Necker Island, where the business will have the opportunity to meet with the world’s most successful business leaders
  • An opportunity to hear Summit speakers discuss key trends and the types of corporate resources available to start-ups.

Innovative start-up businesses from across all sectors and individuals who have new ideas and technologies will be eligible to apply. Applicants should be seeking to accelerate their development.

The deadline for applications to be received is 20 December 2018

Document type icon Application Page

Source:  Grantfinder
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

Source: Grantfinder

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

Source: Grantfinder

 

Funding, National

DCMS Announces £1 Million Digital Skills Innovation Fund for Underrepresented People

A new £1 million fund is now open for bids from Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities for initiatives aimed at helping people take up digital roles.

Launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), the new Digital Skills Innovation Fund aims to pilot or scale-up innovative programmes that address local or regional digital challenges, while heling people from underrepresented groups gain the skills needed to work in digital roles.

The funding will be used to help women, disabled people, individuals from minority backgrounds or those living in lower socioeconomic areas to succeed in digital fields. This includes data analysts, programmers, cyber security specialists, software developers and marketeers.

The Fund also aims to encourage collaborative working between Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local government, the voluntary sector, youth organisations, charities, employers and training providers to address local skills challenges and share good practice.

The Fund has an overall budget of £1 million available for distribution. Grants of between £200,000 and £500,000 will be available.

Bids are invited from LEPs and Combined Authorities (CAs) in England. LEPs and CAs may submit individual bids or collaborate with other LEPs to put forward bids that cover more than one area. Applications submitted by LEPs should identify a lead Local Authority through which the grant can be awarded.

Minister for Digital, Margot James, said:

“It is crucial everyone is able to take advantage of digital technology, whether it is to learn how to use the internet or develop the skills to work in a tech role.

“If we want to maintain our position as a world-leading digital economy we need to work with industry, local authorities and the voluntary sector to develop solutions so no-one is left behind.”

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 28 October 2018

The guidance document and application template is available  DCMS – Digital Skills Partnership webpage

Source: Grantfinder