With only just over a week left to apply, we thought it best to make a bit of event of it, and share all the important details with you all...
The competition, aptly named The Spark is a competition for event entrepreneurs, supported by a network of industry partners who want to help you bring your idea to life. The winner will receive a package of free resources and mentorship care of the folks listed above.
So grey matter at the ready - do you have a great new idea for an event?
The best idea submitted before October 31st will win an amazing package of training, mentorship and free productsworth over £5000 to help you take your idea from the back of a napkin to a real sell-out event.
So what can you win?
Free ticketing, PR, marketing and onsite support from Eventbrite, including a £1000 marketing budget, onsite photography and weekly mentoring!
A free place on the 10-week Digital Marketing course worth £2800 from General Assembly!
6 months free business and administrative support services from Moneypenny worth £300!
A package of business cards, promotional flyers, stickers and more worth £900 from Moo!
Plus, we want to make sure everyone wins something! So, everyone who enters The Spark will receive £100 worth of free credit against ticket fees on Eventbrite, provided you’re a new organiser. You’ll simply see a link at the end of the submission form to claim it there and then.
The rules are as follows...
Individuals and small teams are welcome to enter
Event must be an original idea and not have run before
Event must take place before March 31st 2015
You need to be free for a kick-off meeting in November
You need to have the time and means to organise and promote the event
The Eventbrite guys are looking for great new event ideas, whatever they may be – so if you've a fab new food experience, a weird or wonderful idea, a new type of conference all together...you get the drift... Don't just rule it out...
Even if your idea is completely different, take 5 minutes to apply anyway as we really are looking for any new event idea, and the above are just a small sample of ideas and event types to give you a flavour of what we’d like to help launch with The Spark.
So what are The Spark judges looking for?
Originality: How different and innovative is the event idea. Why will it stand out? What makes it exciting?
Impact: Who will it reach and how will it positively impact them?
Ability: Are you able to execute on your vision (with the help of The Spark partners)? How dedicated are you to making this happen?
Potential: How big could this grow? Will it be repeatable?
And remember, get your skates on (hmmm, that's an idea....speed networking on skates), as there's not long to go and we'd love to hear that it was 'cause of Startacus that you won!
And hang on a minute - if you need some affordable but tailored publicity for your startup, the Startacus Startup publicity programme might be for you...
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