Enter the ‘If We Can You Can’ challenge 2017!

The If We Can You Can (IWCYC) challenge is now accepting entries for 2017! Now in its 9th year, the competition has helped hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs in the North East of England take their business to the next level so if you’re looking for confidence, contacts or customers, enter your startup now at www.ifwecanyoucan.co.uk/apply-now/

If We Can You Can Challenge 2017

The competition is open to any North East business less than three years old (with a special category for great business ideas) and is a great opportunity for you to get the recognition and contacts you need to grow your business and your networks.

About the If We Can You Can challenge 2017

This year, the competition will be focusing on three categories:

1. companies that will make a big social impact
2. a ‘Best Business Idea’ category and
3. businesses that have high growth-potential which is sponsored by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Hub

There will be three rounds with the Ideas Prize final held in October and the grand final held at BALTIC: Centre for Contemporary Art on 15th November 2017.

To enter your business, go to www.ifwecanyoucan.co.uk/apply-now/

IWCYC 2016 finalist Louisa Rogers (Managing Director: TrendListr) said: “The IWCYC Challenge allowed me to get in touch with some real influencers in the digital and tech industry in the North East. These contacts provided me with invaluable feedback on both the concept itself and my strategy going forward. In addition to this, it was a chance to pitch to many people that I have subsequently met, and therefore a great chance to get the word out about what you do in a fast paced but fun setting before having any official ‘sit down’ meetings.”

Charlotte Windebank (MD of FIRST Face to Face) who organises the competition said: “Last year with the help of our partners, we were able to reach out to 123 new business in our region and received over 100 offers of support from the North East business community. This year we want more people to be involved to create more impact and most importantly a lasting legacy for these businesses to thrive in our communities.”

Tickets and Sponsorship

Tickets for the live final are available for £100 per person or £800 for a table of 10 + booking fee here.

The finalists of the If We Can You Can Challenge 2016

If you’d like to sponsor the competition or award final to show your support for startups in the North East of England, please download the Sponsors Pack and then email the team at info@ifwecanyoucan.co.uk

Plan Digital’s support for IWCYC 2017

As a long-time supporter and fan of the competition, we’re delighted to be supporting the IWCYC Challenge 2017 by offering 10 x free tickets to our 1-day ‘Newcastle Scaleup Summit‘ on Thursday 23rd November to all 10 businesses that make it through to the award final on Wednesday 15th November.

Spread the word!

Please help spread the word and encourage startups in your network to apply by Retweeting the messages posted by @IWCYC or posting the following suggested Tweets:

The #IWCYC challenge is now open! With 3 awards to win now is the time to get your entries in! #NEstartups #ThisIsMINE

#IWCYC is looking for the best business ideas, #startups with #highgrowthpotential & #BIGsocialimpact. More here: http://bit.ly/2tuuPjr

We are supporting #IWCYC as the North East needs more startups so they can create #scaleups! Let’s go! #growthagenda http://bit.ly/2tuuPjr

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