How will The Start-Up Series application process work?

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Week 1:

Applications open on Startups.co.uk.

Enter your email address on The Start-Up Series portal to receive a simple online application form hosted by Worth Capital focused on the idea and the entrepreneur.

Week 2:

Applications close.

Week 3:

Circa 24 ‘qualifiers’ shortlisted by Worth Capital.

Week 4:

Qualifying entrants briefed for detailed business plan.

Details include business commercials, forecasts and management team profiles.

Week 5:

Qualifiers submit business plan questions via The Start-Up Series online portal.

(Week one of next application process will begin at this stage).

Week 6:

Entrepreneurs interviewed by video by Worth Capital.

This interview will stress test the business plan and assess the credibility of the team. 6-8 finalists will be identified by Worth Capital.

Week 7:

Half day ‘deep dive’ with each finalist in person.

This will be a minimum four hours per finalist, exploring the market, proposition, strategy, plans and credibility of the team, plus signing potential terms of the business.

Week 8:

One winner chosen by Worth Capital.

The winner will be informed but the announcement will not be made public.

Week 9-11:

Final due diligence carried out by the fund manager

Week 12:

Investment made and the winner is announced on Startups.co.uk.

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