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Techstart and Creator Fund Challenge

Are you a student or academic at Ulster University or Queen's University Belfast?

Do you have an innovative business idea?

Looking to kickstart your business idea and develop your MVP?

Find out more at our online Competition Launch Event on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 5pm. Register HERE

*Applications Open on Thursday 25th March 2021

The Details

Techstart and The Creator Fund are excited to have partnered together to invite students and academics at Ulster University or Queen's University Belfast who have an innovative business idea to compete for £35k of funding to help kick-start their business idea!

Applications Open on Thursday 25th March 2021 and the closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 26th April 2021.

Why Should I Enter?

The winning pitch is guaranteed a £35k grant from Techstart and hands-on support tailored to your business from The Creator Fund. The 2 runners-up will a receive £10k grant from Techstart.

Who Can Enter?

  • We are looking for students and academics from either Ulster University or Queens University Belfast creating technology enabled, scalable businesses. Technological innovation should be at the core of the startup. We have a preference for entrepreneurs using expertise gained from their degrees to build their businesses.
  • We expect most startups to be pre-revenue. Applicants could be pre-prototype stage with a well thought-through concept, could have developed a minimal viable product, a prototype, or at least advanced plans for a future product.
  • No applicants who have already received a Techstart Proof of Concept Grant
  • No applicants which have already received investment from Techstart or Creator Fund No startup that has received more than £100,000 of private funding to date
  • Applicants/Founding Team must include at least one Academic, PhD, Masters or Undergraduate student at Ulster University or Queen's University Belfast
  • Startup idea needs to be correlated with eligibility criteria of Techstart and Creator Fund to allow for possible future investment:
    • Exploring viability and commercial potential of a novel and innovative concept
    • Sole Trader, Partnership or Limited Company Resident in Northern Ireland (if Company, must be registered in Northern Ireland)
    • SEIS-eligible
    • Please refer to Techstart's FAQs for further eligibility criteria on the grant funding

How Do I Enter?

Applications to the competition will go live on Thursday 25th March 2021. To enter, all you need to do is submit a 1 minute video pitch. From there, we will whittle the entrants down to 10 finalists. The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 26th April 2021.

Competition Schedule - 2021

  • 24th March - Online Launch Event / Information Session
  • 25th March - Applications Open
  • 26th April - Applications Close
  • w/c 10th May* - Shortlist Announced
  • w/c 24th May* - Grant Application Form to be completed and submitted
  • 9th June - Final Pitches

*Final Dates TBC

To Find Out More Please Visit the Competition Website Here