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Are you a Bright Red Spark?
Applications are now open for the Business of the Year category – with £16,000 in cash prizes on offer!
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Bright Red Sparks is our annual celebration of innovation and enterprise at Edinburgh Napier University. The 2021 competition consists of five main categories open to Edinburgh Napier colleagues, students and alumni who are within five years of graduation.

There are over £20,000 in cash prizes to be won, in-kind support from our amazing supporters, plus business coaching to help you reach your entrepreneurial goals.

Applications are now open for the Business of the Year category.

Who is it for?

If you have an existing business or a rigorously tested business idea and have ambitious plans for global growth, we want to hear from you. We welcome applications across all industry sectors and enterprise types, for both product and service-based businesses.

What is it?

The Bright Red Sparks Business of the Year category is an intensive accelerator programme with a competitive twist.

Over the course of seven weeks, you will be required to participate in three full three-day sprints on the following dates:

  • 26, 27 and 28 May
  • 16, 17 and 18 June
  • 7, 8 and 9 July

These three-day sprints will equip you with knowledge, tools, and support you need to help you drive the growth of your business. In between each sprint, you will also be required to complete work assigned during the programme in preparation for the next session. Upon completion of the programme, a final winner will be announced based on a combination of programme participation, merit, and business progress.

What can I win?

A total of £16,000 in cash prizes is on offer throughout the programme.

Each participant will be awarded £1,000 upon being successful in joining the programme and participating in all the sessions.

£2,000 will be awarded as spot prizes throughout the programme, with a final £4,000 being awarded to the overall Business of the Year winner.

Who is eligible to enter?

This category is open to all Edinburgh Napier students, colleagues or alumni within 5 years of graduation. You may enter as an individual or a team, as long as one of your team members meets this criteria. You may enter if your business is pre-revenue, as well as generating revenue.

How do I enter?

  • Read the application form to find out what you need to prepare
  • Submit the application form, pitch deck and video by 5pm on Monday 10 May
  • If your application is successful, you will be required to attend an online interview between 17 and 20 May 2021







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