For budding entrepreneurs, there has never been a more important moment. This year Youth Enterprise and BES will be hosting
‘The Start Up’ supported by Stoke-On-Trent City Council.

What is The Start-Up?

‘The Start Up’ is a competition delivered by Youth Enterprise, BES and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and partners to award Stoke-on-Trent’s best and brightest entrepreneurs.

The competition is open to business start-ups that have been trading since September 2013 and to entrepreneurs with new business ideas that are looking to start in the near future.

Once the competition closes on the 28th October 2015, all applicants will need to pitch their business ideas to a local selection committee. These short pitches will take place on the 12th & 13th November 2015.

The full field of competitors will then be invited to the finals evening at the Kings Hall in Stoke on the 18th November 2015.

Here FOUR finalists will be selected to pitch live to our panel of high profile judges.

Associates and prize partners

We would like to thank The Start Up competition's main associate Stoke-on-Trent City Council for making the Start-Up possible. We would also like to thank the Newcastle Business Improvement District and Payplus Payroll Services for donating this year’s additional prize option of free retail space in Newcastle under Lyme’s town centre!

The Event is being project managed by local companies Youth Enterprise CIC and Business Enterprise Support and we are very grateful for their time and effort in organising what promises to be a successful SBA loans program.

How do you join the competition?

To join The Start Up and be in with your chance of winning up to £8,000 grant funding, download and complete the application and state aid forms below.

The completed forms need to be emailed to by midnight 28th October 2015.

If you have any questions about the competition or sign up process, please email our application team by clicking the “Enter The Competition” link below, or contacting them on 01283 537 151.

Application Form
State Aid Form

enter the competition
Josephine Fairley is co-founder of Green & Black's The Start Up 2015 main Speaker and Dragon

What Can You Win?

The Start-Up option:

1st Place Prize

£8000 Cash Funding, 26 weeks free enterprise unit, Business Support Package

2nd Place Prize

£4000 Cash Funding, Business Support Package

3rd Place Prize

£2000 Cash Funding, Business Support Package

4th Place Prize

£1000 cash funding

Newcastle Retail Prize option

12 months free retail accommodation in Newcastle plus free business rates and mentor.