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Calling all budding Entrepreneurs!

  • Are you aged 16-25 with a great idea for a business/social enterprise?
  • Is funding holding you back from putting your idea into practice?

The Edge Challenge 2014 could be the answer to all your funding needs! 

Prizes worth up to £5,000 and include six months support from a business mentor 

Enter as an Individual or part of a team

To find out more and to register to receive an application pack, visit:

Closing date: Midnight on Friday 26 September 2014

Further information:

  • The Edge Foundation has teamed up with the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and Gazelle Colleges’ Group to find the country’s brightest young entrepreneurs.  There is one month left to get involved, with registration closing at midnight on Friday 26 September, 2014.  Entrants then have until midnight on Wednesday, 1 October to complete their application.
  • The Edge Challenge, now in its second year, is open to past and present students of any FE or Sixth Form college who have taken (or are undertaking) a course of technical, practical or vocational education and have a bright and innovative business idea.
  • Entrants must be aged between 16 and 25.
  • There are prizes available for both individual entrants and teams of up to five people.
  • The individual winner will receive £3,000 to develop their start up idea and receive support from a top business mentor for six months.
  • A second prize of £1,250 and third prizes of £750 will also be awarded.
  • The top team will receive £5,000 to help develop their business proposal.
  • To enter this exciting competition, students must set out their innovative and viable business idea, including a financial and marketing strategy, with shortlisted candidates invited to present their plans to a panel in London.
  • The top three individual entrants and top two teams will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas at The Skills Show, taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 13-15 November.

Last year’s winner, Vikesh Mistry (21) from Leicester, impressed judges with his idea for a specific search engine for driving instructors.  He is currently developing his business with the help of a mentor and his £3,000 prize money. Vikesh said: “Winning the Edge Challenge has given my company a phenomenal boost.  It has been a busy few months working full time on the business but Instructor Engine has gone from strength to strength and I’m really excited to launch the site officially later this year.”

To find out more and to register to receive an application pack, visit:


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