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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.




Grantway is a new grant search portal available completely free of charge.

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Grants and Funding


Entries Open for 2023 Green Alley Award for Europe's Eco-entrepreneurs

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

18 October 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

This business competition will support, fund and promote green economy start-up companies and eco-entrepreneurs from across Europe.

The Green Alley Award is a start-up competition focused on the green economy, dealing specifically with the challenges of the throwaway society, the scarcity of resources and the recovery of raw materials. It is targeted at 'green' entrepreneurs from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of improving waste and recycling industries.

Green Alley is looking for ideas, new services, products and technologies that can turn waste into a resource. In return, it offers strategic support, networking opportunities and financing to boost business across Europe.

Finalists are invited to an event with workshops and live pitches in Berlin where they will meet circular economy experts and benefit from networking and learning opportunities. The Green Alley Award winner receives up to €25,000 in cash.

By taking part in the contest, entrepreneurs will profit from a network of green economy experts and valuable new business contacts.

Entrepreneurs and start-ups operating in the green economy, from across Europe, with business ideas and digital solutions for the circular economy and new ways of looking at waste prevention, can apply.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 21 November 2022.


How To Apply

This programme operates on an annual basis.

The application period for the Green Alley Award 2023 commenced in September 2022. Deadline: 21 November 2022.

Once entries close a panel of experts will judge all applications. According to the application guidelines they will analyse business ideas and, if necessary, call in other experts or get back to the applicant for further information. The panel will then shortlist the finalists to join attend a pitch. All finalists will be invited to a one-day event hosted in the Green Alley co-working space in Berlin.

More details can be accessed at the Green Alley Award website.


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