The Prize is Growing and the application deadline has been extended!
We are delighted to announce that the winner’s prize continues to grow and is now valued at £50K.
In the past few weeks the team have managed to secure a Golden Ticket to Dream Builder (by Wonka Lab) a 4-week startup programme in Los Angeles valued at £15K.
Over a 30 day period, 25 startups will live and work together to build, launch and grow their companies. The Dream Builder programme brings together a team of entrepreneurs, investors, executives and partners from around the world. The winner of upSTART Belfast will be given one of just 25 Golden Tickets which are scattered Willy Wonka-style across the globe.
We are also pleased that the Founder of Wonka Labs, Michael Murphy will be on the Judging panel of upSTART Belfast.Throughout his career, Michael has managed ground-breaking research operations, laboratories and technology commercialisation at some of the world's most prestigious institutions, including Harvard and the University of Southern California. He told us why he was so keen to get involved in the upSTART pitch battle.
"It was immediately clear to us that there is great synergy between upSTART / Digital DNA and Wonka Lab's core aims to identify, showcase, and reward startups that have the potential to become high-impact businesses.
From the beginning, Wonka Lab has set out to disrupt startup acceleration globally. Our objective is to assist start-ups in a meaningful way by bringing them together to share knowledge and gain access to resources they would not otherwise have. That's why we've created Dream Builder.
We are delighted to be sponsoring upSTART and we are looking forward to awarding a Golden Ticket to Dream Builder this September in Los Angeles. Dream Builder is an all new startup building program and filmed web series, that will showcase 25 startups from around the world and their building adventure. Startups can apply to audition at dreambuilder.io for a chance to win a Golden Ticket.”
Here’s a full rundown of the prizes the winner will get;
Cash Prize of £5,000
Golden Ticket to Dream Builder 4 week programme by Wonka Lab in California
One day strategy session with Deloitte Ventures team in London
To celebrate the growing prize fund and that the Judges have been announced - we are also extending the application closing date to the 15th May (and the number of startups that will pitch) so you still have time to get your application in. Good luck!