Start-ups in the Derry and Strabane council area are being encouraged to avail of a unique opportunity to avail of financial and business support as part of its £10k Business Challenge.
The competition is aimed at those thinking of starting a new business or who have started a new business and have not yet registered on the Go for It programme.
The Challenge, now in its third year, has been a huge success in rewarding and acknowledging the creativity and innovation shown by local enterprises. The Challenge is aimed at new businesses and those who have participated in the Go For It programme.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s £10k Business Start Up Challenge, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr John Boyle said the project is a fantastic way of developing local businesses and giving business start-ups a helping hand towards enhancing their business product and availing of new business opportunities.
He said: “The 10K challenge is aimed at anyone who is thinking of starting a new business or has one set up over the past six months and has yet to register for the Go for It programme so they can avail of new opportunities to showcase their creativity and entrepreneurship. The Council, through its Business Development team, are very focused on developing local businesses and encouraging our local entrepreneurs and they believe that the £10k Challenge is a great way to demonstrate their entrepreneurship and creativity and be in with a chance of securing one of the many cash prizes and additional support on offer. We also hope to inspire everyone who takes part and create some value to them going forward with their plans.”
Louise Breslin, Business Development Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said the Business 10k Challenge is a great opportunity for local businesses to share their ideas and be in with a chance of winning up to £2,500. She added that new to this year’s competition is a student prize of £1,000.
She said: “The Council’s Business Development team are committed to developing and expanding our existing business base and entrepreneurial activity is a critical driver of economic prosperity. The Challenge has been a huge success to date with our previous winners really benefitting from being involved and using the prizemoney to fund their business development plans. The Challenge is a key element of the business development and promoting entrepreneurship commitment that is set out in the Council’s Strategic Growth Plan. This competition really allows us to engage with businesses and invite them to be creative which in turn will greatly benefit the local economy and provide the support needed for entrepreneurs and organisations who want assistance in bringing to life their ideas and innovations.”
The prize fund of £10,000 is broken down into seven cash prizes including, £2,500 for the first prizewinner, £2,000 for the second prizewinner and £1,500 for the third prizewinner with three runner-up prizes of £1,000 as well as a £1,000 student prize. In addition to the cash prizes, the Council is working with a range of partners including Northwest Regional College, Ulster University, Intergrade Ireland, Invest NI and other support providers to establish a package of support for all the winners.
The closing date for entries is 12pm on Monday 04 February 2019. The application process will comprise of a completed application form which will be reviewed by a panel of five judges who will shortlist seven businesses to pitch their business idea at a winners’ announcement event which will be held as part of Enterprise week on Thursday 07 March next year.
Applications are open from insert date and can be accessed via Derry City and Strabane District Council’s website at www.derrystrabane.com/10Kchallenge.
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