Are YOU a budding entrepreneur?

If you have a genius concept for your own start-up company or if you have a young business with great potential plus passion, drive and enthusiasm, then The Ignite Awards could provide the blue touch paper needed for take off.

The judging panel includes Fiona Dent of Time Inc. (UK), Rasha Khawaja of Toucan, Justine Roberts of Mumsnet, Nadia Danhash of RCA and Sue James, Editorial Director of w&h, who says: “I know that starting and running their own business is something many w&h readers aspire to, and this venture is a terrific opportunity to turn an idea into a reality. I look forward very much to hearing and seeing the video pitches.”

Who can enter?
These brand-new awards are open to people from any field of business, who have the drive and enthusiasm to take the seed of a clever idea or young company and turn it into a successful enterprise.

Who’s behind them?
The awards are powered by Toucan, the digital platform for early stage entrepreneurs and Time Inc. (UK), the print and digital company that publishes w&h. The awards will also be supported by the Royal College of Art and Mumsnet.

What will I win?
Dazzle the judging panel and you might just win a six-month support programme from Time Inc. (UK), which will include access to brands, experts and office space, as well as the value to be gained from working alongside one of the largest branded media companies in the world. In addition, you’ll be provided with free access to the Toucan Experience and the company’s network of mentors, and a follow-up article in a relevant Time Inc. (UK) publication, showcasing your winning business idea.

How can I enter?

Sign up and become a Toucan member for free access to The Toucan Academy, a helpful tool that will aid you through the application process. Show us what you’ve got to offer in a one-minute video elevator pitch. It will help you outline a brief business plan with just a few quick questions.

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