Baldwins KickStart is an annual award celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit found amongst the young generation within Midlands & Mid Wales. The award has its origin in our desire to help foster a spirit of enterprise and endeavour in young people within our local communities. KickStart is aimed to help some of the aspiring; ambitious young people in the Midlands & Mid Wales take their first step into the world of business.

The scheme is set to give financial support, mentoring and business advice to 18-to-25-year-olds looking to start up business. We decide very specifically to target ‘start up’ businesses just starting out rather than choosing someone who is already successful and just giving them a ‘prize’ for what they have already done. The whole idea of KickStart is to take raw talent, and fresh ideas, and help nurture some of these fledgling businesses to success.

The award for each year’s winner will be a £10,000 grant and £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice, and the two runners up will be presented with £5,000 of mentoring and accountancy advice. The awards had its launch in 2013 and will run annually for 10 years, meaning Baldwins will be handing out a total of £300,000 to aspiring young entrepreneurs.

There is a real hot-bed of young talent with the Midlands & Mid Wales, the diversity and quality of the ideas have completely and utterly blown us away. The more people we spoke to about the KickStart programme, the more we realised it was very much needed. With it we believe we created a 10 year sustainable plan to work with outstanding young talent in the region and create some amazing new businesses. Not only will this create 30 new entrepreneurs, but it will create businesses which will support the economy for decades.

Entries open February 1st and are set to close August 31st. As long as it’s a business which is yet to trade, or has started to trade on or after 31st August 2018, you reside within the Midlands or Mid-Wales region, and you are aged 18-25 years at the time of the final judging will take place w/c 5th September, you are eligible to apply.

Once the initial application process closes for entry, 10 semi-finalists will be chosen and invited in for interview with our senior management team. Through this process we will then invite back 3 finalists who will present their ideas in front of a live audience at a glittering Gala dinner on 14th November at Edgbaston Stadium, home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

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