Sample Application Form

Here’s a preview of the questions you will be asked to answer:

Have you previously applied to one of the Converge Challenges?


☐ No 

If yes, please clarify what progress you have made since your last application (200 words).

Non-confidential summary (100 words) 

  • Please provide a brief summary of your project and product/service. This summary may be publicly shared and should not include any confidential information about your business idea.

Marketing Information

  • Please provide your business description in 280 CHARACTERS (not words), in the style of a Twitter bio.

Your Business Proposition (500 words)

  • What is your product/service and what problem does your product/service solve or what market gap does your product/service fill?
  • What is the “innovative” or creative element of your product/service?
  • How will you protect your idea (e.g., intellectual property rights such as design rights)?
  • How will your business be financially sustainable (proposed business model)?
  • What is your competition and why is your idea better or unique?
  • What stage of development is your product/service (e.g., prototype, market-ready)?  If you are a university spinout, please state your proposed spinout date. 
  • Please provide details of any previous funding/investment received

Your Customers (250 words)

  • Who are your target markets and customers?
  • How have you engaged with your customers/end users?
  • How will you get your product/service to your customers (proposed route to market)?

Resource Planning (250 words)

What resources do you require to make your business “market ready”? For example:

  • Funding
  • Current and future team
  • Skills/expertise
  • Equipment
  • Premises

Question 6 

Your Impact (250 words)

  • Please provide a summary of your project’s social, cultural, educational or environmental impact.  
  • Detail the kinds of benefits you would plan to deliver to individuals, the communities and/or the environment.