Terms & Conditions

Competition terms and conditions

Eligibility

  1. The If We Can You Can Challenge (“the Competition”) is open to anybody over the age of 14 based within the North East of England whose business has not yet started trading or has been incorporated for less than three years at the closing date of the Competition. For the purposes of the Competition ‘incorporation’ is defined as the date in which the business was registered at Companies House.

The North East of England is defined by these counties and unitary districts:

  • County Durham
  • Darlington
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Tyne and Wear
  1. Persons who are not currently resident in the North East of England may enter the Competition as long as the primary business activity is registered, established and based within this region. The organiser of the competition, FIRST Face to Face ltd (“Organiser”), reserves the right to withhold prizes until this condition is met.

General

  1. The If We Can You Can Challenge, registered on ifwecanyoucan.co.uk is administered by the organiser, FIRST Face to Face Ltd: firstfacetoface.co.uk
  2. Employees of FIRST Face to Face Ltd, or anyone else connected with the competition, may not enter the competition.
  3. Start-up businesses must be less than three years old.
  4. Entries will only be accepted via the If We Can You Can (ifwecanyoucan.co.uk) website unless otherwise specified. We will only accept one entry per person. Multiple entries from the same user will only be entered once. All entries must be received in the requested format and within the specified time. Late or incomplete entries will not be allowed. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
  5. We will only use the data you submit in relation to the competition (including announcing the winner) and will not use it for any other purpose.
  6. We will share your data with campaign partners only if you agree by checking the permission box when submitting your competition entry.
  7. If the competition requires you to leave a comment on the website, comments will only be published at our discretion and no links will be allowed. Inappropriate or offensive comments will not be accepted. By submitting an entry, you agree that we may use the data you submit in accordance with our privacy policy.
  • The start-up winner will be announced on 16th November 2016
  • The idea winner will be announced on 13th October 2016
  • Idea entries who make the shortlist must be available to attend a final pitch on the 13th October 2016 between the times of 4.30pm – 7pm at The Exchange, North Shields, details here: http://soupdragon.eventbrite.co.uk/. The winner must also be available to attend a dinner on the 16th November 2016 between the times of 5:30pm – 11pm at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Failure to do so will mean their place will be given to another, available runner up.
  • Start-up business entries who make the shortlist must be available to attend a dinner and exhibit their business on the 16th November 2016 between the times of 4.00pm – 11pm at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Failure to do so will mean their place will be given to another, available runner up.
  • Where a prize is offered it is subject to availability, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

Judging and Judges Decision

Ideas prize:

  • The Ideas Prize will be judged by an audience vote on the evening of the 13th October, 2016. The audience will be encouraged to look for passion and commitment regardless at what stage the idea is at.

Start-up business prize:

  • Each start-up that makes it to the second round will be judged by their category lead. For example, a start-up that comes from Teesside University will be judged by the enterprise coordinator at that university. One will then be selected to represent that category in the shortlist of 15 start-ups.
  • The Organiser is NOT involved in the assessment of individual entries but may offer general guidance and clarification to the category leads.
  • The category leads will use their business experience and skills to assess the entries and to select one to represent them at the final.
  • The decision of the category lead is final and they will be required to provide feedback on all individual entries that make it to the second round of the competition.
  • All enquiries and questions should be addressed to the Organiser

Publicity

  • By entering the Competition, the winners and finalists agree to the possible inclusion of their business idea in any media coverage by the Organiser and the Sponsors, such as press releases or publications. Approval of content will be sought before publication.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to publicise the Competition through normal media channels, in all forms, for the duration of the Competition and for a period of 12 months thereafter. No confidential details shall be used in publicity material without the permission of any and all third parties mentioned therein.

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