Growth Entry Requirements
Growth Requirement 1 : Video Pitch You are required to submit a three to five minute video outlining your business or idea. Please note that these videos will be privately viewed by the judging panel only. They will not be shared publicly. We respect your confidentiality and will not discuss your ideas with anyone outwith the judging panel without first obtaining your consent.
Name your video file as your full name and upload via the link below by midnight on the 28th January 2018Submit Your Growth Application
Growth Requirement 2: Business Plan Submission. If your video is selected for the next round, you will be contacted and asked to submit your business plan.
Once we have received all the entries we will select 12-15 semi-finalists who will then be requested to submit a full business plan (can be an abbreviated plan but reasonable detail required) before being invited to pitch to the judges at the semi-finals event being held in late February 2018 at Skyscanner’s offices in Edinburgh).
9 finalists will be selected from this event. The finalists will then pitch live to a panel of judges and the audience at the Ambition & Growth conference on 8th March 2018 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh.
Up to 6 winners will be selected and announced at the AccelerateHER Awards Dinner later that same day. Winners will be presented by a high-profile figure, well known in the media (name to be released later); their businesses will feature in media announcements and there will be photo opportunities with the celebrity involved.
Please note that all videos will be kept private and will only be viewed by the Investing Women Team and our selected judges.
To help with your pitches and business summaries/plans we will be hosting webinars to help you. Please email Sam below to register your interest. You can also contact Sam below if you have any questions about the competition, process or your entry.
Dates for Diary
Growth Competition Closes – Sunday 28th January 2018
Business plan request or ‘unsuccessful’ notifications sent – Monday 5th February 2018
Growth Semi-finalists announced – To be confirmed
Growth Semi Final – w/c 19th February 2018 – To be confirmed