Got an innovative idea that you reckon will reduce carbon emissions? If you have and it’s commercially feasible, it’d be worth your while checking out the Shell Springboard Awards.
There is currently an open call for entries for these ‘no-strings attached’ awards which are now in their 9th year. Here’s some of the basics you’ll need to know:
All entrants must be UK based businesses which have been established for at least 3 months by the time of the application deadline (Friday 13th December 2013).
Businesses can be either sole traders,partnerships, limited companies or community interest companies but must have SME status.
Ideas that are submitted obviously have to be innovative, original and have the potential to be commercially profitable.
Entries must be received by 13th December after which a shortlist will be drawn up and 3 regional judging events will take place early in 2014 with up to £40k awards being given to the applications that are deemed as the most “compelling”.
Wondering what kind of projects have won before? Look no further than the Springboard site where you’ll get a full lowdown on the alumni from previous years.
If you’re interested in applying, then that’s where you’ve got to go too!
Comps like this are great - not just for the financial support that they can potentially provide, but also for the profile building and PR opportunities that they create. And as any startup will no doubt vouch for, that can sometimes be the most valuable thing of all!
Best of luck to any of you who apply. We’ll be rooting for ya!
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