28th July 2014

New business start ups are encouraged to share their business journey as part of ‘The Big Start Up Loans Competition’ for a chance to win some superb prizes.

Hosted by Start Up Loans as part of the government’s initiative to encourage business mentoring, support and funding, the competition is on the lookout for inspirational business stories. Whether your start up has had to overcome significant problems, experienced serious growth or whether you’ve used your mentor in an unusual way, Start Up Loans want to hear from you!

Prove you have an innovative and engaging business story and you could walk away with the title of ‘Start Up of the Year 2014’! And the one lucky winner will also receive a cash prize of £5,000, an iMac and more goodies as part of the exclusive awards ceremony.

The national competition will also recognise ten regional winners, with one business from each UK region in line to receive a £500 cash prize. In addition, twenty-two runners up will also receive an exclusive limited PR package from Start Up Loans business partner JHPR.

All winners and runners up will be announced on 4 November 2014, and will be invited to receive their prize at an exclusive lunch which will be held at the Mayor’s Office in London.

How to Enter

All you have to do is submit your inspiration startup story via the Start Up Loans website by midday GMT 1 September 2014. Simply answer some questions about your business, where the competition will identify winners and semi-finalists in every region. One of the regional winners will then be crowned the Start Up of the Year (based on both their application form and video pitch submitted).

Terms and conditions; all applications will be thoroughly checked and verified. To enter the competition you must have received a Start Up Loan. Only one application can be completed per loan granted.

The Big Start Up Loans Competition 2014 Timeline:

28 July: Competition Open
1 September (Midday GMT): Competition Closes
15th September: Finalists are announced (33 semi-finalists with then be asked to prepare a 3 minute video pitch for our judges, and will be presented with a prize at the Mayor’s Office)
13th October: 3 minute video pitches to be submitted to the judging panel
4th November: Exclusive Award Ceremony Lunch for the Finalists at the Mayor’s Office

Written by Julie Bowman @ Nwes

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