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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

F Factor Competition for Tech Savvy Young Entrepreneurs Reopens

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The F Factor is a start-up competition designed to provide young, aspiring entrepreneurs with tools, skills-training and context to bring their ideas to life. It provides opportunities to collaborate with peers, interact with mentors and gain access to work experience.

Through regional pitching events across the UK, the programme awards funding to exceptional ideas for apps, games or technology businesses. Entrants are asked to submit a prototype of their tech solution, which can be anything that can be put in the hands of end-users and to enable them to interact with the solution. This can include hardware prototypes or wireframes for software solutions.

There are two categories which make up the programme; those aged 14 to 18 and those aged 18 to 25. Regional finals will take place in Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Bristol. There will be one winner, per region, per category. Each will be awarded £1,000 in equity-free cash and the chance to represent their region in the National Finals. The five regional winners will present at the National Final where selected winners in each age category will each be awarded £10,000 in equity-free cash.

The funds can be used to launch a company; however, it is entirely up to the winner how they spend the money. For example, they may wish to use it to develop an idea, or perhaps invest it in infrastructure, such as a new computer set-up or undertake a research trip abroad.

Participants have until 25 January 2020 to enter their online submission.

Useful documents & links

Scheme - Application Form

Scheme - Guidance Document

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Founders Forum
    9-17 Highgate Road
    Kentish Town
    NW5 1JY
    Email: [email protected]

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