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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

Imminent Deadline to Submit Tech Ideas for Nesta’s Tipping Point Prize

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Nesta wishes to reward the next generation of technologies and scientific discoveries which could be harnessed for mass public benefit over the coming decade. The Tipping Point Prize is a call for ideas about the breakthroughs and inventions soon to come of age.

Those wishing to apply are invited to draft a written pitch articulating how a specific scientific or technological development can be harnessed effectively for the public good. A Nesta panel will pick up to 10 finalists, who will be invited to turn their pitches into articles.

Nesta is interested in ‘big ideas’ which can generate wide public benefit - not just profit. Nesta’s work is organised around tackling challenges in five priority fields: Health, Education, Creative Economy and Culture, Government Innovation and Innovation Policy. Nesta is, therefore, particularly focused on how emerging technologies could help to power innovation on challenges faced in these areas.

Anyone over the age of 18, from anywhere in the world, can enter. Applicants need to convince Nesta that they are knowledgeable about their proposed topic.

The writer of the best pitch will secure a £5,000 prize, while the other contributors will each receive £2,000. All of the articles will be published online by Nesta and promoted in the media.

Pitches must be submitted by Friday 15 March 2019.


Useful documents & links

Scheme - Guidance Document

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Explorations Team
    58 Victoria Embankment
    EC4Y 0DS
    Tel: 020 7438 2500
    Email: [email protected]

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