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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

Active and Assisted Living - Smart Ageing Prize Launched Today

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The AAL Programme and Nesta Challenges announced the official launch of the third edition of the Smart Ageing Prize today.

The 2020 Prize is focused on Senior Enterprise and is aimed at increasing the number of older adults participating in entrepreneurial ventures.

Individuals, groups and organisations located in the EU 28 countries, plus Canada, Taiwan and the countries Associated to Horizon 2020, are eligible to apply for a share of the €50,000 Prize pot. The Prize is divided into three awards with €35,000 for first place, €10,000 for the first runner up, and €5,000 for the second runner up.

Submitted solutions should support, empower and inspire older adults to engage in entrepreneurship - for example through the creation of intergenerational teams and skills-sharing, or digital solutions to help bring to life the entrepreneurial ideas and energy of the 60+ age group. Involvement in enterprise is not limited to those who want to set up their own business. Other fruitful routes into the sector can include mentoring/coaching for younger entrepreneurs, or going into business with an intergenerational team.

Solutions must be innovative. The prize is not looking to support a solution such as a website with no innovative digital component. The technology can be incrementally innovative, not necessarily disruptive, but it should be something that isn’t already available on the market.

The solution must also be supported by a strong and viable business model. This means having thought carefully about the customer segment and designing the product in conjunction with end users to ensure it meets their needs. At later stages of the competition, participants will also need to explain how they intend market their solution – products and services need to be desirable and attractive to the over-65 market.

Importantly, the solution should be capable of delivering a measurable improvement in the number of older adults participating in entrepreneurial ventures, and really championing the assets and skills of senior talent.

The deadline for entries is 26 February 2020 (17:00 CET).

Fifteen semi-finalists will be selected to attend a mentoring academy in Brussels and will be expected to bring a working demonstration to the event.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted in English.

Applications are submitted using an online entry form. To apply, entrants must first register via Nesta's Challenge prize Centre website. Once an account has been created users can log in and complete their application.

The most innovative ideas will be helped to develop prototypes and business plans. Fifteen finalists will be invited to a social innovation mentoring academy and will receive expert coaching and support to develop their idea.

The 15 semi-finalists will submit a detailed business plan to the judges, after which the judging panel will select five top finalists to pitch their projects at the AAL Forum.

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. AAL Association
    3, Rue de Luxembourg
    1000 Brussels
    Tel: +32 2 219 92 25
    Fax: +32 2 204 02 19
    Email: [email protected]

  2. Nesta
    58 Victoria Embankment
    ECAY 0DS
    Tel: 020 7438 2500
    Fax: 020 7438 2501
    Email: [email protected]

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