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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

Innovation Challenge for BAME Entrepreneurs - Deadline Extended

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The MSDUK Innovation Challenge offers founders and established Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) entrepreneurs with an opportunity to obtain business funding and support.

Participants will be invited to pitch an innovative product, solution or technology to a panel of corporate investors, venture capitalists and angel investors with a view to access the markets, finance and technical support needed to develop and scale their business. The event will focus on the following business areas:

  • Advanced digital technologies

  • Healthcare and wellbeing

  • Social innovation

  • Sustainable futures

The following prizes are on offer:

  • £5,000 cash prize for the Challenge winner, plus introductions to an investor network and workshops.

  • £40,000 worth of business school scholarships at Ivy League Tuck School of Business for the top four finalists.

  • £100,000 worth of corporate mentoring over 12-18 months.

  • 20+ places on a grant funded programme (£200,000 worth of total value).

The Challenge is open to individual entrepreneurs and businesses operated by people of BAME origin who are permanent UK residents or British Citizens. The applicants must age 18 or over.

The 2020 application deadline has been extended to 31 July 2020.

For full details of fund and application process please click on this link here.

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