Following the success of Cultivate in 2016, we are delighted to announce the launch of Cultivate 2017 sponsored by Bayer and Greenham Common Trust.
The aim of Cultivate is to encourage some curious, self motivated young people to take some important first steps to develop a business idea.
The challenge is aimed at 12-19 year olds who will benefit from some business workshops and mentoring to cultivate their ideas with the ultimate potential of winning a prize fund of £250-£500 investment in the idea.
◾A ‘Cultivate your business ideas and business planning’ workshop
◾A ‘Pitching with confidence’ workshop
◾Business mentor support
◾Cash prize money on offer of £1000!
Ideas…young people who enter this challenge could be thinking of designing a new App, offering a local service to benefit their community, or perhaps a gadget to make life easier or a new item of clothing or accessory. It can be the simplest of ideas but still have enormous business potential. This opportunity allows them to focus their thinking and work through their ideas.
◾Take a look at this short video with inspiring feedback from young people and mentors who took part in previous years…
|February - April||Two workshops to help applicants develop their business proposition and build confidence in their pitch, led and supported by business professionals.|
|May||Selection panel, this will take place at Bayer. A shortlist of applicants and their business ideas will be selected for the next stage.|
|May - July||Each team or individual shortlisted will be matched with a suitable business mentor to help them develop their proposition. The number of sessions they manage will depend on the availability of the applicant and their mentor. (Note that all mentors will DBS checked). They will be asked to create a 30 second video to promote their business idea and to refine their business pitch.|
|July TBC||Cultivate Final to find the prize winners. This will take place at Bayer, Newbury. Guests will be invited to share the event and prizes will be awarded.|