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Conservatives Launch Start-up Hub Competition for UK Entrepreneurs

The Conservative Party is providing UK-based entrepreneurs with a unique opportunity to showcase their ideas at the Conservative Party Conference in the ‘Start-up Hub’.

The Competition will offer participants a chance to market their idea in front of delegates, national press, company representatives and senior Conservative politicians.

Through the Competition, the organisers are looking for:

  • original ideas and concepts;
  • a passion for the company or idea; and
  • a desire to grow a business.

Successful applicants will receive the following:

  • The opportunity to showcase their idea in the Start-up Hub at the Conservative Party Conference this year.
  • A new BlackBerry smartphone.
  • The chance for finalists to win two BlackBerry Playbooks at the Conference.
  • A free 30 day trial period to Fujitsu’s cloud technology and IT infrastructure services. This free trial is worth approximately £3,000 to an average small business. It will help entrepreneurs understand if this is the right approach for their IT needs.
  • A 12 months banking and business support package from Barclays Bank.
  • The finalists will also receive 10% discount (off Fujitsu’s standard fees) on the first 12 months of Fujitsu’s cloud IT service bill.

Entrepreneurs who are resident in the UK and aged 16 years or older at the time of entry (so formed during or after May 2010) are eligible to take part in the Competition. Entrants must run a UK-based company that is less than one year old or have a viable business idea.

Participants must be available to showcase their idea at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference which runs from Sunday 2 October until Wednesday 5 October and takes place in Manchester Central Conference Complex.

Application details can be found at www.conservatives.com/startuphub

The deadline for Competition entries is 29 July 2011 (12 noon).