Monday, 6 April 2009

Looking for a competition in southwest Sweden to test your business idea?

Business ideas are a dime a dozen, I have met many who have one of two, and plenty who seem to have an endless supply of them. Unfortunately not everyone gets the opportunity or has the courage to take an idea through the steps and actually realise it, but then you don't need to start a business and launch into full-scale production either, not with the competitions that are available to budding entrepreneurs.

I discovered a new one a couple of days ago called MyMission 09 hosted by Brewhouse Innovation. This Göteborg-based incubator supports people in the start-up phase with business ideas in the creative industries.The goal of the competition is to bring focus to ideas, new thinking and potential. The winners are perfect for anyone starting up: start capital, office space, coaching, as well as a long list of special prizes from already established businesses.

The competition is open to all, regardless of age, gender or background. It is naturally not open to companies who already do business as described by the plan or idea in the application. It is permissable to submit several applications covering different ideas (independant applications), and teams may apply together. It is not necessary to submit a full business plan, but plans and ideas are limited to the creative industries.

So, does that get your brain ticking? Are you sitting on an idea? One that is close to the service and just waiting for some kind of springboard, or one that has been stored in the archives waiting to see the light of day?
If I have tempted you you need to act swiftly, the closing date is April 13th, just one week to go! Remember it does not need to be a full business plan, but the more thought you put in to your idea the better your chances. You will need to be able to navigate around the site in Swedish - and if you want to submit your application in English you might need to check with them first. Contact information is available on their site MyMision 09.

Best of luck to any budding entrepreneurs out there reading this!! Please let me know how things go.

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