Businesses in Harborough distict are being given a chance to get their hands on more than £37,000 of support in a new competition.
The Spark Business Idea Competition launched this week gives firms in the district the opportunity to win support and expertise from a range of established companies.
The package includes digital marketing and social media advice from Fact 51, website support from Fluid Web Works and help from Venture Accounting.
A host of other businesses have also pledged their skills, knowledge and cash with the total prize fund worth more than £37,000.
For start-ups, budding entrepreneurs or more established businesses looking to make the next step, winning the competition could be the leg-up they need to take their venture to the next level.
Rachel Panther, of Oxford Innovation, is running Spark on behalf of Harborough District Council, which owns Harborough Innovation Centre.
She said: “Lots of people have great ideas but often ideas on their own aren’t enough to build a successful business.
“Cash injections are undoubtedly important but what really adds value is knowledge and experience from people with a proven track record.
“By bringing together established business people, we hope the competition will help aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable companies.”
District council leader Cllr Blake Pain added: “It’s great to see the business community supporting other budding entrepreneurs to get their new ventures off the ground.
“By giving up their time and resources they’re demonstrating real commitment to the town and fellow businesses.
“l look forward to seeing how these fledgling companies progress.”
To enter the competition, businesses must submit an application in one of three categories: Best New Business Idea for the under-25s age category, Best New Business Idea for the over-25s or Best Growth Idea for Established Business.
The finalists will be required to submit a full business plan and present it to the panel of judges in December.
To enter, visit the website www.sparkharborough.com by Friday, November 15.
Spark is also holding the latest in its series of free seminars at the Innovation Centre at 9.30am on Tuesday.
Richard Cullum from R&T Consultants will be explaining research and development tax credits and how to make claims.
You can register to attend via the Spark website.