How it works 2017-06-13T15:26:13+00:00

HOW IT WORKS

Ready, startup, go!

The format has evolved over the years to ensure that the startups who enter get the most out of the Challenge. We know that the competition has huge benefits to those that enter because our partners have seen what it can do!

Stage 1

Do you have a business idea or are you running a business, based in the North East that’s less than 3 years old? If so, we’ll ask you to fill out a 10-minute form to find out about you, your business and what support you would like to help you grow.

Stage 2

Your application will then be assessed and you’ll hear from us whether you’ve made it to the second round. At this point, if you have any news to share or any events you want signposting to – just let us know!

Stage 3

Applicants who make it to the next round will be asked to provide a short video pitch and answer questions set by BQ Live. Your startup may be chosen to be featured on the BQ website and will be entered into the final stage for feedback and a chance to be selected as a shortlisted finalist.

Stage 4

If you make it to the final round you’ll be in with a chance of winning money can’t buy prizes and crowned as an If We Can You Can Winner of 2017.

This year we’re looking for startups with the most innovative idea, highest growth potential and the biggest social impact. Live finals will take place in October and November so enter your startup now and get the recognition you deserve!

Pre start entrepreneurs and startup businesses; now is your time to shine!

You’ve got to be in it to win it so leave that self-doubt at the door and get your applications in!

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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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