Get funded by Virgin StartUp and mentored by Sir Richard Branson

Virgin StartUp is searching for the most promising start-ups in England and will be giving three of them the opportunity of a lifetime - a 30-minute mentoring session with Sir Richard Branson.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and we’re doing all we can to help them start-up and grow. That’s why we’re going to invite some of England's brilliant new businesses to an exclusive event hosted at The Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RH on March 3rd.

At this event some of the countries most exciting entrepreneurs including, Jimmy Cregan, founder of Jimmy's Iced Coffee and Sir Richard Branson will share tips on building a successful business.

This will be first hand advice on launching with a bang; winning customers and collaborating with companies that can help you grow.

At this invite-only event, we’ll also show how Virgin StartUp and out partner in the North East, Tedco can help get you the funding you need to start up and match you with your very own mentor who will guide you through the rest of 2015.

How to get an invite? 

To win an invitation to this event and be entered into our #MentorMeBranson competition.

You will need to want the full support of Virgin StartUp. That means applying for a Virgin StartUp loan of between £500 - £25,000.  This loan is government backed and comes with a low interest rate of 6.17% APR. This competition is only available to businesses based in England as Virgin StartUp can only offer support to entrepreneurs in that country.

 Enter the competition now

As part of this application process we want to know how much funding you need (max £25,000) to either start-up or take your business to the next level as well as a clearly detailed outline of how you would spend the money to launch or grow your business. We’d also like to know what stage your business is at right now.

Remember, the funding we offer is from £500 to £25,000 and we’re not looking for the biggest ideas that need a suitcase full of cash. We’re simply looking for start-ups that look to have the biggest chance of success in 2015. The deadline to enter this competition is midnight on Wednesday 18th February.

To apply for the chance to attend the Virgin StartUp  most promising start-ups in England event and win a 30-minute mentoring session with Richard Branson click here.