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The Cube: The Big Idea
One Hundred £100’s Challenge 

Are you serious about starting a business?
Do you have a freelancing idea?
Are you interested in turning your passion into profit?
The Cube are looking to award one hundred student and graduates £100 towards business start-up costs.
The Cube’s The Big Idea - One Hundred £100’s Challenge is a six session complete programme that empowers ambitious entrepreneurs like you!
Through in depth practical support, and expert knowledge we will teach you the skills needed to test the viability of your idea, set up and structure solid foundations and launch a profitable business.
The Cube has an exclusive opportunity for 25 budding entrepreneurs to join our six week The Big Idea - One Hundred £100’s Challenge to accelerate your business from idea to reality.

Cohort 2 

Six weeks
Thursday 23 February – Thursday 30 March 2023
17:30–19:30 | Rolle 001 | Refreshments provided
With six weekly evening workshops that cover step-by-step the start-up process in easy to understand stages building into a blueprint to get you to market. Network with your peers over refreshments and pizza and support each other through The Cube’s WhatsApp group.
Upon completion of the full programme those who are *eligible will receive £100 towards business costs to help to help you get off the ground.
After the six weeks you will then have time over the Easter break to prepare a business pitch. All participants have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to the group for scoring and constructive feedback. The top scoring *eligible business will win a £2,000 Santander Universities Award to be used for business start-up costs.
Pitch to your peers session
Thursday 4 May 2023 | 17:30–19:30 | Rolle 001 | Refreshments Provided
<p>Accelerator awards - image courtesy of Getty Images</p>

Only 25 places available. Applications are open now and close on 21 February 2023

Eligibility notes

1.   At least one co-founder must be a current student or graduate (within 3 years) from the University of Plymouth.
2.  You must be able to dedicate at least 2-5 hours a week on your business. You must attend all weekly meetings (Thursdays 17.30-19.30).
3.   Each *eligible individual will be paid £100 upon completing the challenge. While allowances will be made if you cannot make a session, it is expected that you will fully engage to receive the funding.
4.   You must join and interact with The Cube’s WhatsApp Group which aims to provide peer support, networking and communications relevant to the challenge.
 

The Cube Elevator Fund

Funded by Santander Universities UK.
The Cube Elevator Fund is to support you to excel your idea to an early-stage business.
From £50 – £500 per business for testing the viability of a new business idea.
Applicants must be either a current student or a recent graduate of the University of Plymouth (up to three years from graduation).
All applicants will be required to complete an application form to explain how this funding will support their business idea and detail their plans in a 3-minute video pitch. 
The judging panel will meet to evaluate the application and supporting video pitch to make the decision to fund or not fund. You will be notified of the outcome and feedback will be provided. If unsuccessful, applicants are still eligible to come back and apply again in the future.
This fund is offered through to 30 June 2023 – however once the funds are depleted the offer will no longer be available.
Please note: applications will not be accepted without the video pitch.
Eligibility
1. You must be a current student or graduate (within three years) from the University of Plymouth.
2. You must not apply if you have previously received an award funded by Santander Universities UK.
3. Due to visa restrictions, overseas students are not able to access any of The Cube funding.
For further information regarding funding please email thecube@plymouth.ac.uk.
<p>Vote for the idea. Vector illustration. Credit:&nbsp;Maxim Maksutov, courtesy of Shutterstock<br></p>
 

The Cube Accelerator Fund

Funded by Santander Universities UK.
The Cube Accelerator Fund is to support and accelerate the development and growth of a business.
From £500 – £1,500 per business, to support the further development and growth of a business.
Applicants must be either a current student or a recent graduate of the University of Plymouth (up to three years from graduation).
All applicants will be required to complete an application form to explain how this funding will develop their business and then summarise their business development plans in a video pitch. This will comprise of a 5-minute pitch.
The judging panel will meet to evaluate the application and supporting video pitch to make the decision to fund or not fund. You will be notified of the outcome and feedback will be provided. If unsuccessful, applicants are still eligible to come back and apply again in the future.
This fund is offered through to 30 June 2023 – however once the funds are depleted the offer will no longer be available.
Please note: applications will not be accepted without the video pitch.

Eligibility
1. You must be a current student or graduate (within three years) from the University of Plymouth.
2. You must not apply if you have previously received an award funded by Santander Universities UK.
3. Due to visa restrictions, overseas students are not able to access any of The Cube funding.
For further information regarding funding please email thecube@plymouth.ac.uk.
<p>Quick start of business. Credit: Maxim Maksutov, courtesy of Shutterstock<br></p>
 
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