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If you are unsure about any aspect of the application process, or would like someone to sit with you whilst you go through it, we are here to support you just email the be inspired team to make an appointment.

Initial chat

It is very important that you have a chat with us before you decide whether to apply for the start-up programme. This gives you the opportunity to explain what it is you want to achieve and us the opportunity to make sure we give to the right support for your specific needs.

Initial chats are generally 15-30 mins and are a fab way to get to know all about the support on offer to you.

To book a chat, at a time to suit you, email beinspired@staffs.ac.uk

Pre-submission event

Pre-Submission is a great opportunity to meet everyone in the process of applying for your intake, as well as some who went through the project in the previous couple of years.  It is the time to ask any questions you may have and learn the full details of the programme.  The full biSU team is on hand and will talk through each aspect of the programme and what we can expect of each other as well as what the funders expect.

This is typically a half day event and is a fun, interactive way for you to ensure this really is the programme/timing for you.

Written and video pitch application

You must have had a 1-2-1 appointment with a member of the be inspired project team before submitting your completed application.

There are two parts to your application submission for the Start-Up Programme:
  • Your Application Form.
    You can download this, or request a copy via email if needed.

  • Your Video Pitch.
    You will need to submit a 5 min (max.) video pitch. You can use any method/platform to create your video, for example, the free NatWest Pitch app.

Your submitted application will be judged by a panel of biSU and external experts.

You will be notified within 10 working days of the submission date whether or not your application has been successful.

If your application is successful you will be sent the participant contract to read, sign and return. Once this has been received and validated by the biSU team you will join a cohort of fellow start-ups at the project induction.

If your application is unsuccessful we will provide constructive feedback, guidance and signposting.

Important dates

All of the following deadlines and dates are compulsary to meet/attend so please ensure that you check your diary and make sure that you will be available before moving forward with your application.

A full list of 2021-22 dates will be provided at the initial application chat.

Project ‘Pre-Submission’ Event 9:30am-1pm 21st May 2021
Written Application and Video Submission Midnight 28th May 2021
Notification of Application Outcome 5:00pm 4th June 2021
Deadline for your acceptance and return of contract 12:00pm 8th June 2021
Induction Workshop 1 – Grants, Mentoring and Output Letters 9:30am-1pm 17th June 2021
Induction Workshop 2 – Meet biSU Alumni and Networking 9:30am-1pm 18th June 2021
Induction Workshop 3 – Marketing, Pricing, Branding 9:30am-1pm 15th July 2021
Induction Workshop 4 – Finance and Legal Entity 9:30am-1pm 16th July 2021
Deadline for collection of Output letters and Mentor Choice Forms 5:00pm

16th July 2021

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