Entrepreneurs get the chance to win £10,000 of business support

The Norfolk Enterprise Festival, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Anglia Capital Group are giving Norfolk and Suffolk start-ups the chance to pitch LIVE to four highly experienced and supportive Angels at the Restart Angels Den pitching event as part of RESTART – the virtual business recovery festival on 29th and 30th September.
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Norfolk and Suffolk entrepreneurs get the chance to win £10,000 of business support to transform their idea into a reality

  • Is your business in its early stages?
  • Are you ready to showcase your idea to the local entrepreneurial community, sector experts and inward investors?
  • Would you like to receive mentorship and legal and financial business support to accelerate your business idea?

The Norfolk Enterprise Festival, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Anglia Capital Group are giving Norfolk and Suffolk start-ups the chance to pitch LIVE to four highly experienced and supportive Angels at the Restart Angels Den pitching event as part of RESTART – the virtual business recovery festival on 29th and 30th September. The winning business will receive £10,000 worth of legal and financial support from top firms Mills & Reeve and Farnell Clarke as well as being fast tracked onto the prestigious Invest East Investment Readiness programme.

To prepare for the big pitch, three selected finalists will receive expert coaching from successful serial entrepreneur Kieran Miles, Founder/CEO of DUCO to have the best chance of impressing the Angels. Our four Angels have been carefully selected to represent a wealth of business sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk. Angels include Sally Goodsell (Director, Anglia Capital Group), Louise Birritteri (Founder, Pikl), Rob Davison (Founder, Red Roof consulting) and Jo Pearson (MD, Pearsons Group Companies).

Angels Den joint sponsor, James Hunter of Mills & Reeve, Norwich (UK law firm of the year) said, “We are so pleased that Norfolk Enterprise Festival and New Anglia LEP will be running the Festival in September and using it to showcase great innovation.  We have been a key supporter of the Norfolk Enterprise Festival from its first year and once again this year we will be offering a package of free legal advice to the winner of the Angels’ Den pitching competition.  As a firm we are being recognised nationally for innovation – not just big ideas and Eureka moments but any new ideas which help solve businesses’ problems.  This is a terrific initiative and we are delighted to be involved.

Fellow sponsor, Will Farnell of award-winning accountancy firm Farnell Clarke added We are delighted that Farnell Clarke is able to support New Anglia LEP and the Norfolk Enterprise Festival with the Restart Business Recovery Festival next month.  We have seen first-hand the challenges businesses in the East of England have faced and continue to face as the economy starts to re-open.  Equally though we have seen the resilience and great energy from business owners and the teams within these businesses to fight back and it is a pleasure to be able to support not only our own clients but the wider local economy through great initiatives like the Restart Festival.

To apply, businesses need to submit a 1 min video together with completed application form and 2 page supporting document by Friday 4th September 2020. Details can be found on www.newanglia.co.uk/restart-festival.

The live pitching will take place on Day 2 of the Restart Festival on 30th September 2020.

The RESTART Festival will provide a packed two-day programme of FREE, live streamed content aimed at Norfolk and Suffolk businesses to kickstart and consolidate their recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The virtual event will include practical, peer to peer advice sessions, inspirational talks from business leaders, information about available support and dynamic panel sessions exploring local economic opportunities and challenges. For more information and to sign up for updates, go to www.newanglia.co.uk/restart-festival.

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Press contact for Restart Angels Den – Libby Brown, Project Manager, Norfolk Enterprise Festival, libby@norfolkenterprisefestival.co.uk  / 07939 530810

Press contact for Restart Festival – Hayley Mace, Head of Communications, New Anglia LEP, hayley.mace@newanglia.co.uk / 07748 116613

Photo shows Norfolk Enterprise Festival Angels Den winner Juliana Meyer of SupaPass and prize sponsors from Mills & Reeve and Grant Thornton

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