A fantastic competition for Oxfordshire based social ventures with an energy focus looking for funding and support to get to the next level! Date: April 20th, 2015 Early acceptance deadline: March 13th, 2015 Final deadline for applications: March 27th, 2015 You should apply if you need some help to get your idea or business plan investment-ready. We’re looking for the brightest business ideas that use energy to make a difference in people’s lives. The most successful applicants will: – Have an ideas that need a little polishing to get investment-ready – Be in energy or an energy related sector – Make a clear impact on people’s lives – Be UK based with social impact in the UK – Have potential to become financially sustainable without grant income – Eventually be looking for investment between £50k and £2m in 2015 If your application is successful, you will pitch your idea to and receive feedback from a panel of experts. You could also take advantage of 1:1 coaching sessions with Centrica’s commercial managers, accountants and social enterprise experts. The most successful pitches will win a package of pre-investment support to get your business ready to pitch for investment of £50k to £2m from the Ignite Investment Committee, including: – A Centrica mentor to oversee the support programme – Theory of Change coaching by an industry expert – Individualised business support and development workshops – Introductions to the Ignite network of ambitious energy-related social enterprises throughout the UK Ignite is the UK’s first impact investment fund with a focus on energy. We believe that energy entrepreneurs have a vital role to play in building a better society and we’re here to help them achieve their potential. Thanks to our backing from Centrica, we’re providing funding of £10 million over the next ten years, and will make investments in the UK of between £50k and £2m. We’re looking for enterprises with a clear social mission, who want access to and support from Centrica’s experts, and have a sustainable financial model. For more details: http://lowcarbonoxford.org/the-big-energy-idea-roadshow-oxford-20th-april/ #IgniteOxford

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