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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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Nokia Bell Labs Prize for Global Tech Innovators Launched for 2023

Digital & Technology

21 February 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

This programme provides an opportunity for innovators to change the world with ‘big ideas’ in the general field of information and communications technologies.

The Nokia Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from around the globe. It seeks to recognise innovations that solve the key challenges facing humanity and provides selected innovators the opportunity to collaborate with Nokia Bell Labs researchers to help realise their vision.

Through the competition, Nokia is looking for game-changing and impactful ideas that have the potential to change the way people live, work and communicate with each other. Participants will gain visibility to an audience of researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, media and partners. They will also receive support from Nokia and Bell Labs.

The competition has a total prize pot of $175,000 (around £146,000) which will be awarded as follows:

  • First prize: $100,000 (around £83,000)
  • Second prize: $50,000 (around £41,000)
  • Third prize: $25,000 (around £21,000)

Selected participants may have an opportunity to work with Bell Labs, giving them the chance to collaborate with researchers to further develop the idea and enhance its commercial viability.

The competition welcomes applications from information and communication technology innovators from selected countries around the globe. Entrants must possess a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree from an accredited university or institution of higher learning.

The deadline for applications is 21 April 2023.


How To Apply

The Bell Labs Prize application launched on 13 February 2023. The deadline to register and submit proposals is 21 April 2023.

For more information, visit the Bell Labs website.


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