Your Entrepreneurial Journey Starts Here

Completing your application is just the first step on your Converge journey. If successful, you’ll be part of a dynamic cohort of like-minded individuals all focused on turning their bright business idea into a valuable proposition and a successful company.

Some of the highlights along the way include bespoke business training, live pitching and the chance to meet and learn from our network of professional partners.

MARCH

Application Deadline

Make sure you submit your application by 3pm on Tuesday 30 March. Need help with your application? Our Enterprise team hosts regular workshops on key aspects of business creation, or you can reach out to them for bespoke advice.

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JUNE

Business Training & Pitch Coaching

Many of our alumni tell us that one of the most valuable parts of their Converge experience is our money-can’t-buy business training programme. 

Completely bespoke and designed specifically for academic entrepreneurs, our intensive course is delivered by EBS, training experts with real-world experience of starting and growing companies across diverse sectors and global markets. Taking place in June 2021, our practical, hands-on and engaging course includes pitch coaching to help you articulate your business idea with confidence and in any situation.

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AUGUST

Business Plan & 1-Minute Video Pitch Submission

Now that you’ve completed your training, it’s time to submit your business plan. Converge, Impact and Creative Challenge participants will need to submit an 8-page business plan, financial forecast and 1-minute video pitch, while KickStart participants will submit a 5-page business case and 1-minute video pitch. Make sure you get this to us by noon on Tuesday 3 August at the latest.

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SEPTEMBER

Live Pitching to Judging Panel

Shortlisted finalists will be notified in early September, and if you’re a Converge, Impact or Creative Challenge finalist, you’ll put everything you’ve learned into practice by pitching your idea live to our panel of external judges. All finalists will be invited to attend our Awards ceremony on 30 September.

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SEPTEMBER

Awards event

Congratulations if you’ve made it this far! You’re now in the running to win a game-changing prize package that includes equity-free cash and in-kind business support from our network of professional partners. Good luck!

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OCTOBER AND BEYOND...

Alumni support

Dedicated events, workshops, access to the Converge Enterprise team and opportunities to get involved in future activities and publicity.

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Are you ready for the challenge?

Ready to take the leap? Now you need to decide with challenge is right for you. 

Converge Challenge

For innovations with strong commercial potential & solid IP Apply now

Creative Challenge

For innovative new business in the Creative Industries sector Apply now

Impact Challenge

For earth-shaking ideas with a social or environmental mission Apply now

Kickstart Challenge

For trail-blazing projects with the potential to scale Apply now