Ignite finalists revealed

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After an intensive day of judging, ten Cornish businesses have been shortlisted for the Ignite 2011 Business Plan competition.

The Ignite Business Plan Competition, supported by ERDF Convergence investment, attracted more than 70 entries in this, its second year.

Ignite judges: Pool Innovation Centre's Richard Scutt (l) and Dave Rickett of Creative Edge

The judging was carried out earlier this week by an independent panel at the Pool Innovation Centre. After reviewing all of the entrants, the finalists selected are:

  • Hungry Hector
  • The Holiday Lets Company
  • VeloTec
  • Primal Energy
  • Carbon Mate
  • Flock Follies
  • GP Assist
  • Duck Soup
  • Sproggie
  • Biolight

The shortlisted businesses have all been contacted and will now be preparing for the next stage, which takes place on Thursday, May 5 at the Carn Marth Hotel in Newquay.

Finalists will undertake a full day of presentations and Dragons’ Den-style pitches to the judging panel. The winning business will be selected and announced at the grand final which will take place that evening.

The chosen business will win:

  • Up to £25k European cash grant from Oxford Innovation
  • Radio Marketing Campaign through Pirate FM
  • Business and finance advice from Winter Rule
  • Legal advice from Foot Anstey Solicitors
  • Brand, design or web services with Creative Edge
  • Website design, development, e-commerce and conversion rate optimisation services through Net Insight
  • One year’s free office space in the Formation Zone at Pool Innovation Centre
  • Special feature in Business Cornwall Magazine
  • Human resources support from Tamar HR

Oxford Innovation’s competition manager, Leo Dunne, said: “The judges were overwhelmed with the quality of entries. It was a hard task narrowing the entries down to just the 10 finalists.

“All of the business plans show great ambition and are based on sound business thinking. We look forward to meeting all the finalists next month for the next stage of the competition.”