Converge Challenge 2018 has now closed. The new programme will launch in March 2019. The KickStart category is now OPEN for applications! Deadline for applications is Thursday 22 November 2018 (12 noon).

There are four phases to Converge Challenge:

Phase 1 - Application Submission

The online application form is simple to complete. Sections included:

  • Applicant Details
  • Business name
  • Summary of your innovation/business idea
  • Your business proposition
  • Your customers
  • Resources

In addition, you can attach relevant images to support your application.

Phase 2 - Business Training

Shortlisted applicants in all categories are invited to attend up to three days comprehensive business and pitch training.

Those shortlisted in the Converge category will take part in an Elevator Pitch event where they will be asked to deliver a 60-second pitch on their idea to a panel of judges and invited audience. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend a business surgery with our expert partners to help develop their business plan ahead of submission.

Phase 3 - Business Plan Submission

Converge & Social Enterprise shortlist: Submit a full business plan (plus financial forecast) and a 1-minute video pitch. 

KickStart shortlist: Submit a 5-page business plan and 1-minute video pitch. Finalists will be selected and winners announced in March 2019.

Phase 4 - The Final & Awards Dinner

Our Converge finalists will deliver an investor pitch to our esteemed Converge judging panel. The Converge & Social Enterprise winners will be announced at an Awards dinner in September 2019.