How to Apply

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Rules and Eligibility

Venture London Business Competition is open to London based businesses which fall within one of the 2 categories:

Start-up Business Category – Your business will launch within the next year or has already started but not yet completed a full fiscal year.

Existing Business Category – Your business has been operating for 1 – 3 years. Applications should demonstrate 1 - 2 years of financial history.

checkboxBusinesses must be located within the city of London to be eligible.

checkboxParticipants must be 18 years of age or older.

checkboxStart-up businesses must launch within 1 year of Awards Ceremony to claim prizes.

checkboxEmployees and owners of VL sponsor companies, founders, judges and immediate families are not eligible to compete.

Participants must acknowledge that they have read the Rules and Consent Form prior to submitting their application.
Download a copy of the form here

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Judging Process

Venture London judging takes place in two rounds. In the first round, a group of judges made up of London business leaders and professionals will review the online applications looking for strong, viable businesses. After careful consideration 3 finalists will be chosen in each category.

In the second-round of judging finalists present their businesses to a panel of judges in a confidential setting. Prior to the presentations finalists will be invited to a workshop with the founding partners to help them refine their messages and learn how to present a winning pitch. The winners in each category will be announced at the Awards Celebration.

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2015 Prize Details

Existing Business: $10,000 Cash plus over $15,000 in prizes
Start-up Business: $5,000 cash plus over $10,000 in prizes

Prizes include products and services designed to help a new business start and grow, including*:

checkboxFurniture package from Lovers atWork Office Furniture

checkboxAccounting services from PWC

checkboxLegal Services from Refcio & Associates

checkboxWeb commercial from in2Communications

checkboxDigital marketing enhancement services from Ellipsis Digital

checkboxPrize Package courtesy of M&T Printing Group

checkboxVirtual Membership at Regus North America locations

checkboxBusiness support services from LEDC, the Small Business Centre and TechAlliance

*prizes may vary depending on category

Remaining finalists receive:

checkbox$500 cash

checkbox$500 gift certificate from Lovers atWork Office Furniture

checkbox60 second commercial from In2Communications