David Cameron launches Conservatives’ Start-Up Hub 2013

12 start-ups to be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas at Conservative Party Conference

Prime minister David Cameron today announced the launch of this year’s Conservative Party Start-Up Hub competition, calling on start-up businesses and budding entrepreneurs across the UK to get involved.

The competition represents an opportunity for 12 of the most promising start-ups to present their ideas at the 2013 Conservative party conference in Manchester in order to gain exposure and press coverage for their business. Now in its third year, a winner will be chosen from the 12 by a panel of senior businessmen chaired by Damian Collins MP, which will include representatives from technology giant Fujitsu and venture capital industry body BVCA. To qualify for entry, applicants must be a UK resident aged 16 or over and run a UK-based company formed after May 2010 – or be able to demonstrate a ‘viable business idea’. Applicants must also be available to attend the Party conference, which takes place in Manchester from Sunday September 29 to Wednesday October 2, 2013. Last year’s winner was solar energy start-up ACEON, founded by Mark Thompson. Mark said: “Showing our vision and ambition at the Start-Up Hub for our Solar Off Grid projects has started a project with the UN. “It was a fantastic networking opportunity to launch our brand and product.” Prime minister David Cameron said at the launch event: “The Conservative Party believes that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the UK economy. “To show our continued commitment to British enterprise and entrepreneurs I am pleased that the Conservatives are once again running the Start-Up Hub at our Conference. I support this initiative and encourage start-ups and entrepreneurs to apply.” To enter, applicants must submit their ideas through the competition website before the deadline of June 28.


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