The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Monday, 18 January 2016

Glasgow and Ayrshire start-ups set to scoop thousands at Entrepreneuring Awards

Entrepreneurial Spark’s gongs will help dozens of businesses to grow

Start-up businesses based at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Glasgow and Ayrshire Hatcheries will be pitching their ideas for a chance to win over £70,000 at the prestigious Entrepreneuring Awards on Wednesday 20 January.

[Pictured: Last year's award winners.]

Run by Entrepreneurial Spark and supported by partners Royal Bank of Scotland and KPMG, the awards offer cash prizes to help entrepreneurs develop and scale their business.

Entrepreneurs will put the skills learned at Bootcamp and over the past six months into practice as they pitch their business at the event in Glasgow. Winners of the pitching competition, as well as the #GoDo Awards, Acceler8 Awards and others, will be given thousands of pounds to help develop their business ideas and put their plans into action.

The evening will also feature speakers from among Entrepreneurial Spark’s team of Enablers, representatives of partner RBS, and guest speaker Stephen Cole, Managing Director of Cole Advertising & Design based in Glasgow, who will be sharing his 30-year experience of building a successful business.

The awards ceremony for Glasgow and Ayrshire will coincide with others at Entrepreneurial Spark’s Hatcheries across the UK, with over £250,000 being awarded to Chiclets across the country.

Carl Haagensen, Entrepreneur Development Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to celebrate the efforts of the Chiclets at the Entrepreneuring Awards.

“All have shown a tremendous amount of passion, creativity and commitment to their businesses and this event is an opportunity for everyone involved to take a moment to see how far they have progressed and the difference their hard work has made.

“We wish everyone the greatest success and hope the winners’ stories inspire others to ‘go do’ and make their business dream a reality.”

Phil Charles, Head of Enterprise at KPMG in Scotland, said: “Business incubators such as Entrepreneurial Spark play a pivotal role in supporting start-ups in their first, crucial, stages of growth. The Entrepreneuring Awards give those businesses a taste of competing in a real pitching environment, helping equip them with the skills necessary to secure investment in the future. We wish all the Chiclets taking part at this year’s awards the best of luck.”

Entrepreneurial Spark founder and chief executive Jim Duffy said: “The Entrepreneuring Awards have grown alongside our network of Hatcheries, and the latest round will be the biggest yet. The cash prizes are an excellent way of boosting some of our most promising businesses and accelerating their growth, and the events also provide valuable networking opportunities and pitching practice.

“Entrepreneurs need to be able to explain their business briefly and concisely, and they never know when they might meet a potential investor, client or partner. That’s why we drill our Chiclets to ensure that they are clear on their goals and able to pitch their ideas.”

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free accelerator for start-up and scale-up businesses, and competition for the latest intake to its accelerator programmes was intense. To find your nearest Hatchery and register interest for the August 2016 intake, visit

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