If We Can You Can 2016 opens for entries

If We Can You Can 2016 opens for entries

A competition has opened to recognise and celebrate the best of the North East’s 0-3 year old businesses.

Organised and delivered by FIRST Face to Face ltd, backed up by Jake Gebhard and with comprehensive support from the Entrepreneurs Forum members, the If We Can You Can Challenge’s main aim is to identify ambitious businesses within the region and help them grow.

The competition is now open to all pre-start business ideas or start-ups established in the North East within the last 3 years, regardless of the business leader’s age or experience.

Working with the five North East universities, enterprise agencies, and businesses within the fastest growing sectors in the region, the FIRST Face to Face team are aiming to create a co-produced, inclusive challenge that will ensure start-up businesses can access the help and support they need to thrive.

This year, all start-ups who make it to the second round will receive relevant and constructive feedback from leading business experts to help them ‘stay and grow’ their business in the region.

Confirmed sponsors and supporters include Entrepreneurs Forum, PNE, Evolution LLP, the five regional universities, Federation of Small Businesses, the NELEP Growth Hub and BQ as media partner.

Winners will be showcase their start-ups at BALTIC: Centre For Contemporary Art on 16November 2016 in the middle of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The exhibition will be followed by a celebratory dinner where attendees will crown the IWCYC winner.

Caroline Theobald CBE, director of FIRST Face to Face said: “Feedback from the entrants last year prompted us to think carefully about how to offer them maximum support. 

“By working closely with the Universities, Enterprise Agencies and regional businesses and involving them in the Challenge process we will give the region’s start-ups the best possible growth prospects whilst banging the drum for collaboration across the enterprise ecosystem.”

Charlotte Windebank, MD of FIRST Face to Face said: “The aim of the Challenge is to signpost start-ups and those with business ideas to the relevant and exciting opportunities the region has to offer.

“Last year’s winners highlighted the creativity and innovation that’s happening in the North East and if we all work together the Campaign this year can really help those just starting out and show the rest of the world the quality of start-ups that are coming from our region.”

For information on how to apply, the competition and its benefits please visit www.ifwecanyoucan.co.uk Deadline for entries is 16th of October 2016.


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