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Three start-ups have the chance to win £10k of investment at Real Entrepreneurs Awards 2023

They'll also win their own non-executive business board.

Rik Pancholi of Pattersons Commerical Law and BBC's Llewela Bailey at the Real Entrepreneurs' Awards 2023
Rik Pancholi presents an award at Real Entrepreneurs Awards 2022 and Llewela Bailey

Three start-up entrepreneurs are taking part in a pitching platform for the chance to win £10,000 worth of legal and marketing services, access to a non-executive business board and a financial audit from two investment houses.

The pitching platform, sponsored by Pattersons Commercial Law, will take place live at the next Real Entrepreneurs’ Awards ceremony at Nottingham Business School on May 4, 2023.

Rik Pancholi of Pattersons Commercial Law, which has sponsored the pitching platform, said: “At Pattersons Commercial Law, we have been really keen to work with Real Entrepreneurs’ Club to create and develop the pitching platform so we can support and encourage start-ups and growing businesses. We want to boost inspiration and innovation to the next generation of employers who are creating growth in the region.”

The contenders were selected through an application process and will gain exposure to a room full of high-profile entrepreneurs and business leaders when pitching their businesses and future plans. The successful applicants who will pitch to the room are:

· Kate Allan (nee Walker) - ExpHand Prosthetics

· Simon Sansome - Snowball Community Ltd

· Marc Rowley - H.I.T Leadership

The winning entrepreneur will be selected by the audience members, a judging panel, and each awarding category sponsor.

They’ll win a non-executive board for a year, consisting of Rik Pancholi owner of Pattersons Commercial Law; Jenny Cross CEO of Cross Productions; Paul Bevan managing director of Breeze Corporate Finance; and Ian Cooper divisional director at Brewin Dolphin. They’ll also gain access to a senior venture capital investor who will give real insight into the fundraising process.

The pitching platform winner will receive:

• Three meetings throughout the year with the non-executive board

• Finance clinic with Mercia Asset Management and Foresight

• £5000 worth of legal fees covered by Pattersons Commercial Law

• £5000 worth of marketing spend with Cross Productions Ltd

• Official photos taken at the awards ceremony

• First rights of involvement in next year's awards

Headline sponsors Jaz Kaur and Narinder Nijjar from Fraser Stretton Property Group said:

“This is the very first time the pitching platform has existed at the Real Entrepreneurs’ Awards so we’re especially passionate about being the headline sponsor this year, and grateful to Pattersons Commercial Law and Cross Productions for bringing it to life. As allies to fellow entrepreneurs and budding business owners, we’re keen to hear the applicants’ pitches and we’re really looking forward to being able to support and encourage them.”

About H.I.T Leadership

Marc Rowley's headshot from H.I.T leadership

Creating a healthy and safe environment for employees and customers to thrive and grow, H.I.T Leadership is a one-stop-shop for maximising business productivity. The company deals with employee, customer and leadership engagement, and mental resilience to give clients a competitive edge in their industry by creating a workplace culture that prioritises wellbeing, resulting in higher job satisfaction.

About ExpHand Prosthetics

Kate Allen from ExpHand Prosthetics in Leicester

ExpHand Prosthetics founder Kate Allan started the business during her final year at Loughborough University where she studied Product Design Engineering. 3D-printing has completely transformed prosthetic devices from the way we knew them previously. thanks to this revolutionary technology. Thanks to this revolutionary technology, the manufacturing process allows customised artificial arms to be ready in a few days and at the fraction of the price of other devices available. Kate’s prosthetics are manufactured using PLA, a biodegradable plastic, which means her prostheses can be repurposed or recycled when they are no longer needed.

About Snowball Community Ltd

Simon Sansome, wheelchair user and owner of Snowball Community app

Snowball Community App is TripAdvisor for the disabled community. Snowball has been set up to give people with a disability an understanding of where and how they can access their communities, while raising the level of discussion and awareness in the community around disability.

Tickets for the Real Entrepreneurs’ Awards can be purchased online.

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