Applications open for Startup Summit competition

FutureX has opened applications for the annual Startup Summit Competition for UK-based tech entrepreneurs.

Startups making it to the final will pitch on the main stage at Startup Summit 2018 on October 31st, going head to head for the top prize of a funded place on the Silicon Valley Accelerate Programme and over £200,000 worth of business support from IBM, STV, Adopt An Intern and Johnston Carmichael.

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Each year, FutureX accepts a cohort of rising tech leaders on their Silicon Valley Accelerate Programme, where they are given the opportunity to connect with some of the global players in the tech industry and pitch to potential investors. In previous years, delegates have met with leaders from brands including Google and Facebook and investors including DFJ Ventures, Y-Combinator, Silicon Valley Bank and Rocketspace. Previous winners of the competition include Cameron Graham, CEO and founder of StoriiCare, and Tarryn Gorre, CEO and founder of Kafoodle, who said of the programme:

“SVA was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both the company and me. It has allowed me to be a better leader and to implement my learnings from a valuable week into the day-to-day running of Kafoodle.”

FutureX has partnered with Adopt An Intern to give the three finalists a recruitment package worth £1,500. AAI is a not-for-profit company specialising in graduate recruitment with social mobility and inclusion at its core. They have facilitated over 1450 paid internships in 900 businesses cross-sector since 2010.

Commenting on the partnership, Adopt An Intern CEO and founder, Joy Lewis, said: “Over the last few years, we’ve watched FutureX grow into an incredible force for good in the business community in Scotland. As we both promote the importance of social impact in an entrepreneurial mindset, it became clear that we should transform our admiration of each other’s work into a more formal partnership. We’re thrilled to be working to support the Startup Summit competition finalists to grow their teams with talent as diverse as their businesses.”

Zoi Kantounatou, co-founder of FutureX, said: “At FutureX, we know a key part of success comes from finding the right people to help you along the way, whether that’s through financial advice, recruitment or any other aspect of business. Every business supporting and sponsoring this competition is championing a values-driven approach in their respective field, and we’ve personally seen the benefits of that. We couldn’t ask for more aligned partners to help us host this year’s Startup Summit Competition.”

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