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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding


International Rice Business Plan Competition for Young Entrepreneurs - 2022 Round Launched

Educational Funding

12 November 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

An educational programme mirroring real-world experience through a multi-day event for student start-ups from across the world is now open to applications.

The Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is an international graduate level start-up competition. It is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to pitch their start-ups to investors, receive mentoring, network with the entrepreneurial ecosystem, enhance their start-up strategy, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business.

There will be over US $1 million in prizes, and all 42 teams competing at Rice University are guaranteed to win cash prizes. Currently, the minimum cash prize is US $500, and the grand prize winner receives a US $350,000 investment (typically in the form of a convertible debt note).

Alumni from the RBPC have raised more than US $3.1 billion in funding and have generated more than 32 successful exits, valued at nearly a billion dollars.

Teams comprised of students from more than one school may take part. Student start-up teams from universities across the world can apply.

Start-ups should fall into one of five categories or sectors:

  • Energy/Cleantech/Sustainability
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare Solutions
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Hard Tech
  • Digital Enterprise

The 2022 Rice University Business Plan Competition takes place 7-9 April 2022. It will operate in-person in Houston, Texas, USA.

The deadline for applications is Monday 31 January 2022 (23:59 CST).


How To Apply

Applications must be completed by Monday 31 January 2022 (23:59 CST).

Applications can be submitted via the Rice Business Plan Competition Website.

Teams invited to compete will be notified via a live video event, email and phone on Thursday 17 February 2022.

Interested parties with questions about any aspect of the competition are advised to contact Catherine Santamaria, RBPC Director, at [email protected]

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Addresses and contacts

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

  1. Enquiries
    Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
    Email: [email protected]

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