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ABOUT US

What is the ‘If We Can You Can Challenge?’

Co-produced with North East agencies, universities, colleges and industry, the If We Can You Can Challenge is a startup business competition that signposts new enterprises to the help they need to grow their businesses.

The competition is open to any North East early stage entrepreneur with a business less than 3 years old. Thanks to our partners, all applicants who make it to round 2 will receive professional feedback and opportunities to gain industry contacts, publicise their businesses and receive support where needed.

Caroline Theobald CBE and Charlotte Windebank,
FIRST Face to Face Ltd

Our history

The If We Can You Can Challenge was set up in 2008 by the Entrepreneurs Forum and has been organised and delivered by FIRST Face to Face Ltd for the last 3 years.

The competition was created to inspire and encourage North East entrepreneurs to either set up businesses or give their established business the publicity and support it needs to take it to the next level. We have no ‘hidden agenda’ and have collected feedback throughout the years to ensure its valued by all of our competition partners and everyone who enters.

In 2015 – 2016 the competition enabled:

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Startup businesses

to connect to the North East business community

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for startups from established businesses

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Cross-sector partners

to be involved, including all 5 regional universities

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Articles published

on BQ Live celebrating our partners and startups

Let’s get the North East to the top of the charts for starting up businesses!

Our region needs startup businesses to create more jobs and a better economy for all that live here. Partners and applicants, now is the time to be involved.

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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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