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    Can you stand The HEAT of competition?
    Do you have a NEW business idea?
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    Started up a new business within the last year
    Then Business Gateway's HEAT 20 is for you!
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Can you stand the HEAT of competition?

Are you a new business that has been trading for less than a year (as at March 2020) or do you have a new idea that you are looking to turn into a business?  Then Business Gateway's The HEAT 20 "Dragons' Den" Competition is for you!

Now in its sixth year, The HEAT competition has already seen prizes worth £25,000 given to local companies to help them grow and develop their business.

Criteria to enter this 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 (as at March 2020).
  • Your business will be or is based in the Forth Valley area (Clackmannanshire, Stirlingshire or Falkirk).
  • You must be available on the following dates: Tuesday 18th February and Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

The HEAT 20 has a fantastic set of prizes provided by our local sponsors. The finalists in the HEAT 20 will share a bonanza of almost £7,500 worth of cash prizes, flexible learning, accountancy services, IT, HR & marketing support.

1st Place

  • £1000 worth of Marketing, Digital or E-commerce supportl (valid until February 2020) - Sponsored by Ceteris (Scotland) Ltd
  • £500 cash PLUS £400 Flexible Learning Voucher - Sponsored by Forth Valley College
  • £750 worth of Accounting, Tax, Book Keeping and Consultancy Services for one year - Sponsored by Arm in Arm Accounting
  • £1000 worth of IT Support (advice / training / social / web / drone / video editing / lab time with 3d printing & laser engraving) valid for 6 months – Sponsored by STEP (3 days)
  • £1000 worth of HR Support valid for 6 months – Sponsored by STEP  (3 days)

     

2nd Place

  • £500 cash - Sponsored by University of Stirling Management School
  • £100 cash PLUS a basic Marketing Plan from Perfect Penny Marketing
  • £500 worth of Accounting, Tax, Book Keeping and Consultancy Services for one year - Sponsored by Arm in Arm Accounting
  • £350 worth of IT Support (advice / training / social / web / drone / video editing / lab time with 3d printing & laser engraving)  valid for 6 months – Sponsored by STEP (1 day)
  • £350 worth of HR Support valid for 6 months – Sponsored by STEP (1 day)

3rd Place

Top 10 Finalists

  • 12 months FREE access to the Ceteris touchdown space - a flexible working environment for the local business start-up community.

Interested? Click here to enter The HEAT 20 - all you need to do is answer 4 questions.  

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FRIDAY 31 JANUARY

You must be available on the following dates: Tuesday 18th February and Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

If you are selected as a finalist you will be required to make a 3 minute pitch to our judging panel on 3rd March 2020

If you would like further information on #THEHEAT20, please contact Stuart McCusker, Business Adviser at Business Gateway Clackmannanshire on smccusker@ceteris.co.uk or by calling the local office on 01259 726430.  

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The Heat20 Final is part of Clacks Business Week 2020 - over 20 business events spread across Clackmannanshire - March 2nd to 6th.