The If We Can You Can Challenge 2017 2017-09-18T10:50:37+00:00

Connecting North East startup entrepreneurs to growth opportunities

Connecting North East startup entrepreneurs to growth opportunities

If We Can You Can Challenge: North East startup business competition
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The If We Can You Can Challenge is a startup business competition open to anyone in the North East of England. Now in its 9th year, the competition has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. So whether you’re looking for confidence, contacts or customers, enter your start up now to get connected!

Enter your startup and you will receive:

  • Invitations to North East events focused on helping your business grow

  • Offers of support and opportunities from the local business community

  • Sign posting to sector specific networks

Make it to the second round and you will get:

  • Industry feedback for your entry

  • The potential to feature in BQ Live

  • Invitation to our exclusive networking events and workshops delivered by our campaign partners

Make it to the third round and you’ll be:

  • Attending the live final, either with a business idea (October 2017) or an 
established startup (November 2017)

  • In with a chance of winning 3 ‘money can’t buy’ prizes: Ideas Prize, Highest 
Growth Potential or Biggest Social Impact

  • Invited to opportunities throughout the year to promote and publicise your 
start up at regional events and activities

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What are you waiting for?

The first step to achieving your startup dream is applying for the If We Can You Can Challenge.

We’ve made the 1st round application form quick and easy. As soon as you enter we can begin signposting you and inviting you to the exciting opportunities that the North East can offer your business or startup idea.

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PARTNERS

The If We Can You Can Challenge would be nothing without its partners!

For the last 3 years we have worked with over 30 cross sector partners. This includes successful established businesses such as Ebac and SGP Technologies, all 5 regional universities, North East LEP, Entrepreneurs Forum, Federation of Small Businesses and BQ Magazine.

Benefits of becoming a partner include:

  • Company profiling in BQ Live and at regional networking opportunities.

  • Invitations to the live finals in October and November 2017.

  • Exclusive opportunities to create workshops, shape the competition and 
shortlist startups.

  • Access to startups with high growth potential – this was 80% of last year’s entrants!

Testimonials from previous partners

Gillian Marshall Entrepreneurs ForumColin Bell North East LEPBryan Hoare BQ Magazine
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Get behind the North East startup businesses community now!

We don’t just want your logo in the programme, we love working with partners that want to get involved with the competition as much as possible!

The North East has the lowest startup business rate in the country. Without initiatives like the If We Can You Can Challenge we will always be bottom of the table. Show your support and let’s boost those numbers so that we can empower North East people to become confident entrepreneurs and business owners.

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Get your tickets for the grand final!

An awards ceremony like no other! We promise that you will leave the night feeling inspired and proud of the startup talent the North East has to offer. This fully immersive enterprise experience will sell out so we’d advise booking early to avoid disappointment!

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Now is the time to join the campaign, let’s get the North East moving up the charts for startups, scale ups and business growth rates.

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