Can you stand the HEAT of competition?

The Heat is a “Dragons’ Den” style competition for the Forth Valley region, organised by our Business Gateway Clackmannanshire team with support from Business Gateway colleagues in Falkirk and Stirling. HEAT stands for Highlighting Entrepreneurship All Together.

With an aim of helping the economic development of Forth Valley, the competition is strictly for local businesses with less than a year of trading at the time of The HEAT final, or entrepreneurs who have a new idea that they are hoping to develop into a successful business.

Over the last 8 years Ceteris, Business Gateway Clackmannanshire and our sponsors have given away thousands of pounds worth of prizes to the winners and finalists to help them start, grow and develop their business.

The sheer diversity of businesses that apply highlights just exactly how vibrant our local economy is.

Previous winners have included a clothing range for breastfeeding mothers, a golf rewards app, a manufacturer of bespoke children’s furniture, a bridal wear company, a drone videographer and an inventor of magnetic post-it notes, bespoke chocolate producer, dog trainer, jam makers and many more.

Clacks Business Week 2020 Underway

How does it work?

Businesses are asked to apply via a straightforward application process of only a few questions.

  • Provide details about your amazing new idea or new business, include what makes your idea/business different?
  • Who is your target market?
  • If you were to win one of the top prizes how would you utilise them to enhance your business?
  • Investors tend to invest in people (as well as business ideas) why should you win the prize money?

Criteria to enter the competition is as follows:

  • You must have an idea that you want to turn into a business or you have a recent start-up business trading for less than a year.
  • Your business will be or is based in the Forth Valley area (Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire or Falkirk).

Successful entrants are then asked to the practice pitch day (essentially the semi-final) where they can meet the other entrants, gain presentation tips and get to know the Business Gateway staff. From here a Top 10 are picked to go forward into the final, to give their 3 minute pitch to our dragons!

To apply for #THEHEAT23 please complete the short application when it becomes available. 

For further information on #THEHEAT, please contact us at Business Gateway Clackmannanshire on businessgateway@ceteris.co.uk or by calling the local office on 01259 726430.

Share on social media using #THEHEAT23 for this year and #THEHEAT23 for next year.

A businesswoman presenting her entry to the Heat competition panel at Clacks Business Week 2020

A Heat Candidate getting grilled by the judges