Approach: Three sessions are proposed. The first is a "speed dating" session at which all the entrants are invited to individually pitch their ideas to the panel of investment judges. This session will result in five entrepreneurs going forward to the next session. The second session is a coaching session in which the selected entrants are given coaching by experienced financiers and entrepreneurs in how to most effectively pitch their ideas to potential finance providers. In the final session, each potential entrepreneur will make a public presentation of their idea in front of a panel of private finance providers. The panel will then consider the presentations and declare a winner of the ERF Entrepreneurship award.
Coaches: The coaches are in process of being identified but will consist of respected members of the investment community and / or well established entrepreneurs.
How can participants contribute to, and prepare for, the workshop? The participants are expected to have already developed an idea for a product or service and done some background work in researching the marketplace in which it could be exploited. Entries are expected to be individuals but, exceptionally, could be small teams. However, only one person will be subsidised to join the event.
Interested participants must submit an application with the following format by 2 February 2018 to the following e-mail address: email@example.com